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James Allison leaves Lotus: Raikkonen loses chief technology officer

James Allison leaves Lotus
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W if Lotus wants to hold Kimi Raikkonen through the end of the season, then you have one less argument. James Allison is not only the technical director of Board but also a veteran of the racing team in Enstone. Allison has been jointly responsible for the development of the racing cars since 1991 - with occasional breaks.

James Allison cancels Mercedes

It is not yet known where the coveted engineer will move. If you leave Lotus, you can only consider another top team. According to information from auto motor und sport , Mercedes had put out feelers for the engineer, but received a rejection. The most likely variant is Ferrari, where Allison was already under contract for five years from the 2000 season onwards.

Another possibility would be to switch to Williams, but then certainly in a more prominent role. Or maybe a commitment outside of Formula 1 after all? Allison himself is silent. Apparently he is not yet allowed to announce the name of his new employer, which of course also fuels speculation.

Nick Chester new Lotus technology Boss

A successor at Lotus was quickly found. In the future, Nick Chester will take over the leading position in the engineering department. The 43-year-old has headed several development departments in recent years and has earned the promotion. 'He has been with the team for more than twelve years and is already in the middle of developing our car for the coming season. This enables us to have a smooth transition that was initiated a while ago,' explains team boss Eric Boullier.

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