Alonso remains coy over Allison rumours

Alonso remains coy over Allison rumours

9 May 2013 – Fernando Alonso has refused to confirm whether or not Ferrari is actively chasing James Allison to bolster its technical line-up ahead of the 2014 campaign, but admits that the acclaimed engineer is "one of the top men" in the Formula 1 paddock.

Allison, whose resignation from Lotus was announced on Wednesday, has been heavily linked with a return to the famous marque, having spent a five-year spell at Maranello from the 2000 season. The Cambridge graduate also played a key role in Alonso's title successes in 2005 and 2006, when the pair were united at Renault.

"He will choose what he prefers," said Alonso during Thursday's press conference at Barcelona. "Maybe he chooses to stay at home - we don’t have any more news.

"I worked with him very closely [at Renault] and I was World Champion with him two times. Then I came back to Renault in 2008 and 2009; he was Technical Director and we were not so successful. But we have seen the Lotus car in the last two years, so it’s no secret that he’s one of the top men here. We’ll see what the future is for him."

Alonso, who lies fourth in the Drivers' standings ahead of his home race, concluded by saying: "We are happy with what we have but extra help is always welcome."

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