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Ferrari confirms Allison's arrival

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Ferrari has confirmed ex-Lotus technical director James Allison will join its team as chassis technical director on September 1 after months of rumours about his future.

Allison left Lotus in May and was immediately linked with a move to Ferrari. Over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, ESPN reported a deal was imminent and on Monday the team released the following statement saying Allison had joined Ferrari's technical staff alongside existing technical director Pat Fry.

"Ferrari announces that, as from this coming 1st September, James Allison will join the Scuderia in the role of Chassis Technical Director," the statement read. "At the same time, Pat Fry will take on the new position of Director of Engineering. Both men will report directly to the Team Principal of the Gestione Sportiva, Stefano Domenicali."

The news bolsters Ferrari's technical team ahead of next year's transition to new 1.6-litre turbo engines, which ex-chief designer Rory Byrne has been working on with the team. Earlier this year Fernando Alonso said he would welcome Allison after working with him at Renault.

"We've seen the Lotus car in the last three years and it's no secret that he is one of the top men here [in Formula One]," he said.