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Head of Technology Allison on Ferrari's first victory: & # 34; I am a million titles behind Brawn & # 34;

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Technical director Allison on the first Ferrari victory
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E s was the first time for many. Sebastian Vettel took his first Ferrari victory in Malaysia. He only needed two attempts. Just like the new team boss Maurizio Arrivabene. Only Technical Director James Allison had to wait longer. The 47-year-old Englishman has been in office since August 2013. He was one of the few to survive the great purge of the new Chief Indian Sergio Marchionne.

It was a wise decision. Allison is the backbone of the tech crew in Maranello. He needed time to rearrange the internal structures. According to the principle of 'everything under one roof', Allison has been responsible for the entire package since this year. Engine boss Mattia Binotto and chief designer Simone Resta have to report to him. In addition, there is the veteran Rory Byrne as advisor, mentor and designer.

Allison did not construct a screw

Allison only inherited last year's Ferrari. He and his head of aerodynamics, Dirk de Beer, joined Ferrari from Lotus too late to be able to work on the concept. Allison clears up a fairy tale. Namely that the technical director influences the shape of the car. 'I didn't design a screw on either the previous year's car or the current SF15-T. My job is to decide which component is worth developing further.'

Italian gazettes set the Englishman straight away Podium with his predecessor Ross Brawn. Allison fends off: 'I've won exactly zero world titles. Ross felt several million.' Ferrari is not new territory for Allison. He worked there from 2000 to 2004 under Brawn in the aerodynamics department before Lotus sold him off.

Ferrari represents the hopes of a whole nation

Ferrari's first man in the technical office can understand Sebastian Vettel's feelings after the first Ferrari victory. 'Victories are always nice. But at Ferrari they are something special. Somehow you get the feeling that you work harder for this company than anywhere else. Everywhere in the offices, in the corridors, in the racing department there are pictures of the previous winners and Your predecessors. You are followed at every turn by history and tradition. And you know that you represent the hope of an entire nation. '

A great burden fell off Allison, too. Ferrari's chief technology officer is traditionally under immense pressure to succeed.Ferrari has invested a lot of money in returning to success over the past year. The renovation of the engine started in May and the chassis development in June.

Many programs were launched while Stefano Domenicali was still in office. The replacement of the engine department falls back on the Montezemolo /Mattiacci era. But that didn't matter to anyone on the last Sunday in March. The Reds enjoyed their triumph to the full. Allison summed it up like this: 'On a day like today you're electrified.'

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