In a shock move, Lotus have announced that they will part ways with their technical director, James Allison.
Allison is one of the most highly rated engineers in the F1 paddock, and it was well known that many rival teams were trying to lure him away from Enstone. It is unclear which team – if any – have offered him a better contract, but it is understood that Allison was the one who made the decision to leave Lotus.
His replacement has already been announced as Nick Chester, who has been at the team since 2000.
This move will only unnerve Kimi Raikkonen, who is yet to decide on his future at the Enstone squad. Key figures like Allison are absolutely crucial in constructing a winning car – as important as the driver itself – and Kimi will now begin to question if Lotus can continue to supply him with competitive machinery into 2014.