James Allison, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monza, 2013

Allison wants Ferrari improvement before end of year

2013 Indian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

James Allison, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monza, 2013New Ferrari technical director James Allison has targeted an improved performance from the team over the final four races.

“The Korean and Japanese Grands Prix were both disappointing for us as our car was not right at the front or winning, which is not the level we should be at,” said Allison, who joined Ferrari from Lotus earlier this year.

“However, the team performed very well at the track with a group that is strategically very astute and we have drivers who can bring the car home in good positions. But those results are not what we are aiming for, so we need to improve for the remaining races.”

Allison is returning to Ferrari after nine years at Renault and Lotus. He said: “There?s excitement but also a lot of nostalgia as this is a team with whom I share many happy memories of all the victories from 2000 to 2004.”

“So nostalgia, excitement and pleasure at seeing so many faces I remember from before, who were junior members in the team when I was here the last time, but have now grown up with the team and hold senior positions.

“But most of all I have a feeling of determination to play my part alongside everyone else, in returning to victory with this team.”

Allison added there have been “many changes within the Scuderia” while he was away.

“The team is bigger and more complex, but its character, its emotion is very similar and recognisable the moment you walk through the door. You can also feel the hunger to win again.”

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