Mercedes have confirmed that ex-Ferrari Technical Director James Allison will be joining the world champions in the same role.
He replaces Paddy Lowe, formerly Executive Director (Technical) for Mercedes, who left the team at the end of the 2016 season for what is believed to be another senior position at Williams.
Allison was Ferrari’s Technical Director until July last year, when the Briton stepped down to take some time away from Formula One.
He will begin his newly created role at Mercedes on March 1.
“I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport,” he said.
“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.”
Toto Wolff added: “I am delighted to welcome James to Mercedes and very much looking forward to working with him.
“Our technical team is extremely skilled at every level and at the top of its game after delivering three world championships in a row.
“It wasn’t an easy task to find the right personality who can strengthen our experienced group of engineers, give our talented young team members the space to develop and also bring his own vision to this role. James is a sharp engineer; I think we have found the perfect guy and the right fit with our senior leaders.”