Lotus confirm Allison’s departure, Chester appointed Technical Director
By Berthold Bouman
The Lotus Formula One team today confirmed James Allison, Lotus’ current Technical Director, will leave the team as he will move to another team. Nick Chester, currently the team’s Engineering Director, will take over Allison’s role.
Team Principal Eric Boullier said, “We are pleased to announce Nick Chester as our next Technical Director. Nick is well-known to everyone at Enstone having been with the team for over twelve years. He is already directly involved with this and next year’s cars, ensuring a smooth transition which has been underway for some time.”
And the French team boss added, “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.”
Chester is already involved in Lotus’ 2014 contender and Boullier said in a team statement, “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.”
New Technical Director Nick Chester – Photo: Lotus F1
Of course, Chester was pleased with his promotion and said, “I have worked at Enstone for over twelve years and am delighted to take on the role of Technical Director. I am grateful to the management at Enstone for the faith they have in promoting me to this position.”
About the development of the 2014 car he said, “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.”
In the past Allison worked for Benetton in the early nineties, moved to Larousse, but rejoined Benetton again as Head of Aerodynamics. In 2000 he joined Ferrari for five years but Allison again moved to Benetton, by then Renault F1, as Deputy Technical Director. In 2009 he was appointed Technical Director of the now Lotus F1 team.
Since Lotus is doing exceptionally well this season and also last season, Allison was in high demand, he could have easily moved to Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull or Mercedes.