Technical director Allison leaves Lotus F1 team 8 May, 2013 James Allison Highly-rated technical director James Allison is leaving Lotus and will be replaced by Nick Chester, the Formula One team said on Wednesday. The announcement before the first race of the European season in Spain this weekend will be seen as a blow for Finnish Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion who is second in the standings to Red Bull‘s Sebastian Vettel. Allison has been with British-based Lotus, previously Renault, since 2005 after previous stints in the 1990s when they raced as Benetton. No details were given about his likely destination, although early speculation focused heavily on Ferrari. James Allison with Kimi Raikkonen Allison worked for the Italian team for five years – during Michael Schumacher’s dominant years – overseeing trackside aerodynamic operations prior to joining Renault. Chester was previously Lotus’s engineering director. He worked for now-defunct Arrows before moving to the Enstone factory in 2000. “He is already directly involved with this and next year’s cars, ensuring a smooth transition which has been underway for some time,” said team principal Eric Boullier. “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,” he added. “Nick really has his work cut out, but we know he is more than capable of handling the tasks ahead.” (Reuters) Tweet Related NewsLopez: We opened the door to FernandoGrosjean still targeting move to top teamGrosjean admits he had discussions with FerrariCash strapped Lotus lose sponsor to WilliamsGrosjean handed 20-place grid penaltyOcon to drive Lotus in Abu Dhabi FP1Lotus confirm Grosjean for 2015 seasonOcon set for Lotus FP1 drive in Abu DhabiLotus use practice at Yas to test 2015 componentsMaldonado: Abu Dhabi to be one of the best races of the year Butterfly I wouldn’t be surprised if he showed up at Ferrari six months from now. K-15- I am sure the money and politics of a certain RED (not red bull) team is behind this. By taking out Allison, they nullified Kimi challenge of 2013 and got themselves a good designer for 2014 for the eye-brow man..Bye Bye Pat Fry. Butterfly Yeah, genius, it’s politics to want the best people in your team. Sure. Are you Hungarian by any chance? There are a couple of angry Hungarian trolls around here at Yalla, so I was wondering if you’re from the same country… K-15- No butterfly buddy.. i am from the third world with a lot of common sense. Nemo Nobody Ferrari is saying , in other words, that Fernando can’t win with an slightly inferior car! He must have the best one James Red Bull and Vettel have Adrian Newey, so there’s nothing wrong for Ferrari and Alonso to have James Allison… Every company/corporations would only employ the best candidate in order to gain the edge over their adversary Tinto Lauda has lobbied for Allison luring him to Mercedes.