Toyota staff follow Trulli to Lotus

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lotus has confirmed two former Toyota team members have joined their team.

Dieter Gass began work for Lotus as deputy technical director early in January. He was previously chief race and test engineer at Toyota.

And Gianluca Pisanello, who was Jarno Trulli’s race engineer at Toyota has also moved to Lotus. He will be one of the team’s two race engineers, and although the second is yet to be confirmed it would be logical for Pisanello to continue his partnership with Trulli.

A spokesperson for the team said it was unlikely they would test in Britain between the car’s launch on Feburary 12th and the group test at Jerez on the 17th, where they will have their first test with the other teams, as they would not have enough parts.

The launch of the first Lotus F1 car in 16 years is expected to take place in London.

Update: Sure enough, I’ve just heard from Lotus that Pisanello will be Trulli’s race engineer.