Mercedes has announced a change in their technical leadership structure with James Allison to become their new chief technical officer on July 1.
The newly-created role which Allison is moving to means he will be taking a step back from the day-to-day management of Mercedes’ Formula 1 technical operations.
Replacing him as technical director will be long-time Mercedes team member, Mike Elliott. He joined the Silver Arrows back in 2012 as head of aerodynamics and, since 2017, has been the team’s technology director.
We’re excited to announce the next step in the evolution of our technical leadership structure for the years ahead! 👏
From 1st July, James Allison will begin a new role as Chief Technical Officer, with Mike Elliott being promoted to Technical Director. 👇
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) April 9, 2021
“It has been a great pleasure and privilege to work for James earlier in my career at Renault, and for the past four years at Mercedes,” Elliott said.
“His track record in the sport speaks for itself, and he has been a fantastic team-mate and leader for me during that time. They are big shoes to fill and I am delighted that we will be able to call on his expertise in his new role as CTO.
“On a personal level, it is an amazing opportunity to become Technical Director of a team like Mercedes, and I must thank Toto and our company for trusting me to make the step up to this new role.
“It is an incredible privilege to be part of this team and I know that the leadership strength at every level through the company will be vital to our future success.
“I can’t wait to get started and to tackle the many exciting technical challenges ahead of us in the next months and years.”
While Allison is stepping away from the day-to-day operations, Mercedes say he will still ‘work closely’ with the teams at both Brackley and Brixworth.