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Allison doesn’t want team principal role at Mercedes

James Allison, Technical Director at Mercedes GP and Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff look on in the garage during day two of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 20, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

James Allison has admitted he doesn’t want the role of Team Principal at Mercedes, after being promoted to “Chief Technical Officer” at the start of the month.

Toto Wolff, on the other hand, keeps his position as Team Principal, stating that should he step aside from the role, Allison ruled out taking it over.

“I would say if you look at things, he would absolutely be capable to be the team principal,” Wolff said of Allison. “And also the people here, there’s so much respect [for him] within the organization.

“But the thing is very easy. He said, ‘Never, ever I would do this. Team principal requires different skills.’ And so he said, ‘No, thank you. No’.

“James and I speak multiple times every single day. And we’re totally coordinated on the strategic direction of Mercedes Motorsport, and Mercedes Grand Prix.

“So much earlier than before we decided the CTO role, it must have been a year or two ago, we discussed the future of the team principal role in Mercedes.

“And he made it very clear that that was not for him. And since then, obviously I am thinking and I’m looking and I’m observing, what is happening out there, and who’s doing a good job. So finally, I can step back from this madness!”

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