May 8th, 2013 (F1plus).- Lotus on Wednesday confirmed multiple media reports claiming technical director James Allison is leaving the team, after being part of it most recently since 2005 and previously from 1991-1992 and 1994-1999.
The Enstone based squad said 45-year-old Briton Allison, who earlier this year was linked with a move to Mercedes or McLaren, will be replaced in the role by Nick Chester.
"He (Chester) is already directly involved with this and next year's cars, ensuring a smooth transition which has been underway for some time," said team boss Eric Boullier.
"Key tech personnel changes as important as top driver moves," he added.
The newly appointed Chester has worked with all of the Enstone based team for over twelve years, most recently as Engineering Director.
"I am grateful to the management at Enstone for the faith they have in promoting me to this position. I am very aware of our need to keep pushing development of this year’s E21 whilst developing next year’s car to a set of very different regulations.
"There are some exciting times ahead for Enstone and I’m honoured to be part of it.” Said Nick Chester, the now Technical Director for the Lotus F1 Team.
A report by the BBC linked Allison, who worked at Ferrari in the highly successful Michael Schumacher era between 2000 and 2005, with a return to the Italian team.
It is believed, however, that several teams had approached Allison, whose F1 career began in the early nineties. Surely he will find a job soon enough, but still the move comes as a surprise given the good moment the Lotus team is having.