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Cliff Allison, F1 driver

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British
8 February 1932
7 April 2005 (73)
Mike Magill (8 February 1920)

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2nd (1960 Argentine Grand Prix)
5th (1958 British Grand Prix)
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11 (0.6 points per race avg)
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1958 Monaco Grand Prix
1961 Belgian Grand Prix

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about Cliff Allison

Henry Clifford "Cliff" Allison (8 February 1932 – 7 April 2005) was a British racing driver from England, who participated in Formula One during seasons 1958 to 1961 for the Lotus, Scuderia Centro Sud, Ferrari and UDT Laystall teams. He was born and died in Brough, Westmorland (now Cumbria).


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seasons

1958, 1959, 1960, 1961,

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teams & teammates Cliff Allison

season teammate
1958 Graham Hill
Alan Stacey
Ivor Bueb
Juan Fangio
Jean Behra
Harry Schell
Carlos Menditeguy
Paco Godia
Horace Gould
Jo Bonnier
Giorgio Scarlatti
Ken Kavanagh
Gerino Gerini
Maria de Filippis
André Testut
Luigi Taramazzo
Louis Chiron
Masten Gregory
Maurice Trintignant
Wolfgang Seidel
Phil Hill
Troy Ruttman
Carroll Shelby
Hans Herrmann
Giulio Cabianca
Team Lotus compare 1958
1959 Tony Brooks
Phil Hill
Jean Behra
Olivier Gendebien
Dan Gurney
Wolfgang von Trips
Ferrari compare 1959
1960 Wolfgang von Trips
Phil Hill
José Froilán González
Richie Ginther
Willy Mairesse
Ferrari compare 1960
1961 Stirling Moss
Jim Clark
Michael May
Innes Ireland
Henry Taylor
Trevor Taylor
Ian Burgess
Lucien Bianchi
Willy Mairesse
Tony Marsh
Wolfgang Seidel
Juan Manuel Bordeu
Tony Maggs
Tim Parnell
Gerry Ashmore
Masten Gregory
Ernesto Prinoth
Peter Ryan
Olivier Gendebien
Jim Hall
Lloyd Ruby
Ken Miles
Lotus-Climax compare 1961

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With F1 looking like it is heading to its third year of single team dominance, there have been questions asked about whether the rules revamp that took place from 2022 has ultimately failed.The bold changes aimed at making the racing more exciting and closing the field up have not delivered all that had been hoped, with Red Bull remaining out front and overtaking getting more and more ...

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Allison came back to the technical director role last year as part of a job swap with Mike Elliott undertaken to help Mercedes get back to the front of F1. Although the German manufacturer was unable to do anything to stop world champion Red Bull roaring to another title double as it won all but one race last year, Allison is adamant that there are a lot of elements of the job that enthused ...

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Allison returned to front-line duty last year as part of a job swap with Mike Elliott, who wanted to step away from the technical director position and originally moved into the chief technology officer position before leaving the squad at the end the season. While at the time it was unclear how long Allison would want to stay in the role, having originally joined Mercedes in 2017, his rekindled ...

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As part of an effort by grand prix racing’s chiefs to improve overtaking, F1 switched to a ground effect rules concept from the start of the 2022 season. But the nature of the cars means that they produce their peak downforce close to the ground – which forces teams to have to run them as low as possible, and with super stiff suspension settings. This has left teams boxed into a corner with ...

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And he reckons as much despite the "visceral unpleasantness" that it can entail, especially during a spell of ground-effects grief for the Silver Arrows.The former Lotus and Ferrari engineer first punched in at Brackley in early 2017, meaning he was on board for five of the eight consecutive constructors' championship crowns. But in April 2021, he assumed the more overarching role of chief ...

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The start of F1’s new ground-effect era witnessed some interesting variation in sidepods, with Red Bull one of many to adopt what is known as a downwash design. 
Elsewhere on the grid, Ferrari had its in-wash bathtub solution and Mercedes went with its zeropods. 
But as teams have come to better understand what is needed to extract the best performance from the current ...

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The FIA introduced spending limits for the 2021 season with the long-term goal of making the series more tightly contested by working to limit the leading teams’ ability to outspend the rest of the grid.
It was also hoped that closing the resource gap would allow for more underdog winners. However, Red Bull has dominated the ground-effects era and is enjoying a perfect win record so far in ...

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Red Bull has taken over Mercedes' position as the dominant force in F1 since the 2022 regulations change to ground-effect based cars, with Max Verstappen an overwhelming favourite to grab his third consecutive world drivers' championship this year.
Mercedes dropped the ball with its 2022 car and has since been working its way back in contention, with a concept change of its 2023 car offering ...

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After a difficult start to the season, the car showed signs of progress in Australia, helped by an issue for Sergio Perez in qualifying, which saw George Russell take second on the grid and Lewis Hamilton finished runner-up in the race.
But speaking on the F1 Nation podcast, Allison, who has returned to the technical director role after a job swap with Mike Elliott, said the car’s performance ...

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After a difficult start to the 2023 season for the W14, Allison has traded his previous chief technical officer role with erstwhile technical director Mike Elliott.
In essence, it means that Allison will now have a more hands-on approach with the car and the current racing programme while Elliott will take a longer-term strategic view.
Allison previously served as technical director before ...

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On Friday morning, Motorsport.com revealed that Allison is going back to the previous position he held at the team, with his successor Mike Elliott swapping roles in the other direction and becoming the team's chief technical officer.
In several ways, this is starkly new ground for the modern Mercedes squad, in that it finds itself in such dire straits compared to its years as F1's dominator ...

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The switch, which forms part of a raft of changes the team is making to help it return to the front of the F1 grid, will see Allison return to the role of technical director, while Elliott is to take up the position of Chief Technical Officer.
The bold change, which comes 20 months after Allison originally moved into the CTO position, has been prompted by Elliott concluding that the skills he ...

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After the disappointing start to life for W14, the successor to the porpoising 2022 car, there was speculation that Allison had resumed a more hands-on role at Brackley.
The former Lotus and Ferrari technical boss joined Mercedes in 2017 and after four years at the helm of the design department, he stepped back from daily duty to occupy the more overarching role of chief technical ...

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F1 teams are currently putting the finishing touches to their 2022 car designs ahead of the first pre-season test that will take place at Barcelona in Spain from February 23.
The new designs are a complete overhaul of the regulations, with the ground effect challengers aimed at making the racing better and closing up the grid.
But while it is too early to make any predictions about the ...

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Mercedes lost the lead of both F1 world championships on Sunday as Lewis Hamilton brought home its only points in seventh place, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas retiring due to a wheel nut failure.
The result saw Hamilton fall to second place in the drivers? standings behind race winner Max Verstappen, whose victory also helped vault Red Bull to the top of the constructors? ...

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Allison announced recently that he will move in to a new position as chief technical officer in July, with technology director Mike Elliott stepping up to replace him.
While Allison has played an important role in helping Mercedes stay on top of F1 since he joined the outfit at the start of 2017, he has been clear for some time that he didn?t want to stay on beyond the ...

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It was announced last week that, as of July 1, Allison will hold a newly-created position of chief technical officer, a change that some interpreted as a possible first step to him eventually being the overall head of the team.
Wolff retains the team principal job for the foreseeable future, having explored his options over the past year. The Austrian has made it clear that he will eventually ...

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Allison, who joined the team at the start of 2017, is to become Mercedes' Chief Technical Officer from July 1, and will take charge of longer-term strategic planning.
His change of position has opened the door for current technology director Mike Elliot to step up into the technical director role.
Elliot, who has previously worked at Renault and McLaren, originally joined Mercedes in 2012 as ...

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In the video above, Allison also gives some intriguing insight into the issues the team faced at the Portuguese GP, where Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas struggled for pace in the opening laps, and were initially left behind by McLaren?s Carlos Sainz.
Allison conceded that it was ?pretty dicey? for the Mercedes drivers at the start of the race, although it came good in the end, with ...

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Allison has enjoyed two spells at Ferrari, once during the ultra successful Michael Schumacher era, and then a second run from 2013 to 2016.
Since then he has helped Mercedes continue its run of championship successes, so is well placed to judge the strengths and weaknesses of both outfits.
With Ferrari currently on the back foot after a difficult start to the 2020 season, scrutiny has ...

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Mercedes created a stir at Barcelona pre-season testing earlier this year when onboard TV images showed the drivers moving the W11?s steering wheel back and forth, and the front wheels responding.
Rival teams questioned the legality of the novelty the team called dual-axis steering or DAS, but the FIA confirmed that the system had been assessed and approved.
Allison said that the team ...

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