Lotus to maintain momentum despite loss of Allison

2013 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says his team’s development programme for this year and next will not be affected by the loss of technical director James Allison.

The departure of Allison, who is rumoured to be heading to Ferrari, was revealed by the team last week, with Nick Chester promoted to the role of technical director.

“We have a very strong technical department made of many people,” said Boullier. “It?s an illustration of the strength of talent at Enstone that we were able to promote from within, and Nick Chester has been working on adopting his new role for some time now.”

“We have plenty of upgrades to come for the E21, as well as the additional challenge of reacting to the forthcoming tyre changes.

“We?re confident we can maintain performance and development with this year?s car whilst at the same time developing an exciting car for 2014 and the new regulations.”

The team will be bringing Monaco-specific parts for next week’s race on the streets of the Principality, according to operations director Alan Permane.

“Similar to Barcelona, we will be bringing a new rear wing which follows the same concept as the one we ran in Monaco last year,” Permane said.

“There will also be a new front wing and some modifications to the floor, so plenty to keep us occupied.

“We?re confident in the upgrade package for this race and the car has worked well at every circuit so far this season, so there?s no reason it won?t be strong here.”

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