James Allison, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2011

Lotus confirm Allison to be replaced by Chester

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

James Allison, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2011Lotus have confirmed technical director James Allison is leaving the team.

Nick Chester, who was previously the team’s engineering director, will take over as technical director.

Allison’s destination is unknown at present. He worked for the team from 1991 to 1992 and 1994 to 1999 when it was Benetton, and since 2005 during which time it has competed as Renault and Lotus.

“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,” said team principal Eric Boullier.

“Nick is well known to everyone at Enstone having been with the team for over 12 years,” Boullier added. “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.”

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