Mercedes have signed former Ferrari director James Allison as their new technical director.
The highly-rated Englishman, who left Ferrari last summer, will start work at F1’s world champions on March 1.
Allison, 48, who left Ferrari in July, replaces Paddy Lowe as technical director at the reigning world champions.
Lowe, who led the team to three consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles from 2014 to 2016, left Mercedes in January.
Allison will head up Mercedes’ technical department and report to team chief Toto Wolff.
“I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport,” said Allison.
Allison had two spells at Ferrari – working as chief aerodynamicist during the Michael Schumacher era of 2000-04.
“It’s a massive privilege to be given the trust of a position in a team that has done so spectacularly well in the past three seasons. I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.”
Mercedes will launch their new W08 car at Silverstone on February 23 with Lewis Hamilton joined in the team’s line-up by Valtteri Bottas in the wake of world champion Nico Rosberg’s retirement.