James Allison to Ferrari a done deal

Thursday 25th July 2013, 18:31 by TF1T Staff 

Lotus F1, LAT Photographic

James Allison has completed a move to Ferrari which will be welcome news for Fernando Alonso who was keen to work with the Briton again.

The former Lotus technical director had been linked with a move to Ferrari ever since he left the Enstone outfit.

The Italian's denied the deal as, at the time, it hadn't yet been completed due to complications. Those have now been ironed out and the appointment will likely be confirmed in early August.

Earlier in the season, Alonso admitted a desire to work with Allison again after a successful partnership during his years at Renault.

"I worked very closely with him and was world champion with him two times," said the Spaniard.

"Then I came back to Renault in 2008/9; in 2009 he was already technical director and we were not so successful with that car, but we saw the Lotus car in the last two years and it is no secret that he's one of the top men here and we will see what future he has."

It's not clear when he will be able to start work due to a clause in his Lotus contract which states he must remain on gardening leave until the end of the year.

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