Formula One News » F1 2013 – Technical Director James Allison to leave Lotus – CONFIRMED Posted on 08/05/2013
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Lotus has now confirmed the departure of technical director James Allison.
In a statement from team principal Eric Boullier the team confirmed the departure of James Allison and appointment of Nick Chester as new technical director for the Lotus F1 team.
Speaking of Chester, Boullier said “He is already directly involved with this and next year’s cars, ensuring a smooth transition which has been underway for some time.
“It’s an illustration of the strength and breadth of talent at Enstone that we can draw on personnel of the calibre of Nick and it’s something of an Enstone tradition for new technical directors to be promoted from within.
“He assumes his new position at a tremendously exciting time for the sport. The 2014 technical regulation changes present many challenges, while our current position of second place in both the constructors’ and drivers’ world championships mean we cannot lose sight of this year’s development battle.
“Nick really has his work cut out, but we know he is more than capable of handling the tasks ahead.”
Boullier also commented on Allison saying:
“As a team and individually, we would all like to thank James Allison for his efforts during his three stints at Enstone and wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” he said.
Lotus technical director James Allison is reportedly set to leave the team, Alison who was said to be the man to take the fight to Red Bull will be replaced by Nick Chester.
Joe Saward of www.joesaward.wordpress.com reports that it is not known where Alison is headed but Ferrari and McLaren have already ruled out the possibility and Mercedes already have a large number of technical directors.
Lotus owner Gerard Lopez who is hoping his team finish in the top 3 at the end of the season said only “surprises” could ruin their chances this year.
“Honestly, bar any surprises, I always said that the aim is for the team to finish in the top three this year.” Lopez told Autosport.