Lotus confirm Allison to be replaced by Chester

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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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72 comments on Lotus confirm Allison to be replaced by Chester

  1. Calum (@calum) said on 8th May 2013, 22:22

    And in other management changes today; Sir Alex Ferguson has resigned from Manchester United, rumoured
    to be filling an available management role at Mercedes. :S

  2. Bradley Downton (@bradley13) said on 8th May 2013, 23:33

    Allison can clearly create a quick car, let’s hope he goes somewhere like Caterham, Marussia or Williams to give them a boost up the grid.

  3. James (@jamesf1) said on 9th May 2013, 21:14

    Not really a surprise if I’m honest. His stock has been talked up by several people. For me, he’s out grown Lotus now, and will probably be the next man to beat when Newey puts away his pencil and drawing board.

    A move to Ferrari wouldn’t be a surprise, they’ll want to beat Red Bull and are very wary of the super team that Mercedes have at the moment. The only issue I can see is where will he fit in at Ferrari. Pat Fry is probably well underway on next years car and I doubt Allison will want to play second fiddle to him. Furthermore, Rory Byrne will be back next year too. A lot of chiefs at Ferrari next year, not enough Indians..?

  4. Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 9th May 2013, 23:08

    yesterday the Kimi news about his future and now Allison leaves, well I can only say that Lotus are just gone, it was good for a while though.

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