James Allison commits long-term F1 future to Mercedes

55-year-old first joined Brackley-based outfit as technical director in 2017.
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Mercedes technical director James Allison has signed a long-term extension with the Brackley-based Formula One team.

Confirmed:

  • Allison will lead the technical direction of the team ahead of the next regulation change in 2026
  • The length of the contract extension has not been revealed

Context:

Allison joined Mercedes back in 2017 as technical director, but stepped back from a hands-on role in Formula One to work on the Ineos Britannia America’s Cup project in 2021.

The 55-year-old returned to his old position last season after Mercedes were unable to replicate their title-winning form following the regulation change in 2022. His contract extension follows Toto Wolff committing to three more years as team principal.

Comment:

Allison said: “F1 has brought me a lot of good fortune, but none greater than answering Toto’s call to join Mercedes in 2017. It is a great privilege to continue this adventure, working alongside brilliant colleagues and fighting together for championship success.”

Wolff added: “I am thrilled that James has committed his long-term future to the team. Put simply, he is the most impressive technical leader in our sport. His gladiator spirit, along with his knowledge, experience, and determination, make him second-to-none. His influence and impact, however, goes so much further than that”

Coming next:

The record-breaking 24-race Formula One season starts with the Bahrain Grand Prix on 2nd March.

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