James Allison back in the spotlight, Mercedes says it’s business as usual

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Amid speculation about Mercedes’ Chief Technical Officer James Allison’s status with the team, he has once again emerged in front of the camera for the team’s Australian Grand Prix debrief.

There has been a lot of speculation saying that Mercedes’ former Technical Director, and current Chief Technical Officer, James Allison has been called to take a more hands-on approach with the team, amid their current performance issues.

Back in 2021 a big change occurred at Mercedes – the team’s Technical Director at the time, James Allison, became the team’s Chief Technical Officer, while Technology Director Mike Elliott got promoted to Allison’s former position.

Allison’s new position meant that he stopped having day-to-day duties when it comes to the design of Mercedes’ F1 cars, while his influence expanded to the team’s applied science division.

He also became INEOS Britannia sailing team’s Chief Technical Officer, as they prepared to challenge for the America’s Cup.

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Aforementioned rumours have been saying that Allison is again actively working on Mercedes’ car, and they only intensified when he appeared in front of the camera again in the team’s Australian Grand Prix debrief video.

However, when GPBlog contacted Mercedes to comment on this whole issue, the team said nothing has changed.

“James has split his time working across the INEOS Britannia project and the F1 side of our business,” a Mercedes spokesperson said.

“He’s therefore consistently been part of our technical leadership and as such, features in our Akkodis race debrief from time-to-time.

“He’s also attended races from time to time and will continue to do so,” the spokesperson concluded.

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