May 9, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT
Scuderia Ferrari have denied that they have made an approach for former Lotus technical director James Allison after his departure from Enstone earlier this week.
Allison’s exit has sparked many rumors about his next role in Formula One, with Ferrari thought to be leading the race for his services. According to Autosport, McLaren and Williams have also both made an approach for Allison, who worked for Ferrari between 2000 and 2005. However, he has rejected both teams, appearing to favor a return to Maranello, but Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has denied that the move is imminent.
“I don’t know any truth in that. I must deny it,” he said to Autosport.
“We will communicate when there is news to say, but not where there are rumors.”
With Ferrari restructuring much of its management in preparation for the 2014 season, it is thought that Allison would work alongside current technical director Pat Fry should he return to the Italian marque.
For Lotus, it is a question of moving on and putting this shock behind them. Kimi Raikkonen has shrugged off Allison’s departure, and in Nick Chester the team has a capable replacement. Whether or not his predecessor will return to the sport in the coming weeks is yet to be revealed, but the rumor mill is playing its usual game ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.