Source: iltasanomat.fi | Translation courtesy of Nicole
Lotus technical manager James Allison wants to move to another team.
According to German Motorsport-Total -website, Allison is leaving Lotus. It’s expected that he will go either to McLaren or to Mercedes.
Allison’s situation might be affected by what McLaren’s technical manager Paddy Lowe decides to do in the end. Lowe has received a tempting offer from Mercedes, but apparently MacLaren tries to keep him by offering him a raise.
If Lowe goes to Mercedes, then Allison’s new employer will most likely be McLaren.
According to Motorsport-Total, one of the reasons why Allison is leaving is Lotus-team’s poor financial situation. The website says that Kimi Räikkönen still has unpaid salaries from last season and that the team won’t reportedly get Honeywell as their new main sponsor after all.
Allison is a respected aerodynamic-specialist who has worked in the current team from year 2005. He was nominated as technical manager in 2009. Allison has earlier worked in Benetton, Larrousse and Ferrari.
Autosport.com have also mentioned in their Tech Boss Silly Season Analysis:
Aware that losing someone of the talent of Lowe would be far from ideal at this stage of a season, and keen to ensure there is a Plan B in case it loses it man, McLaren has duly created its own short list of replacements and it no surprise to discover that top candidate is Lotus technical director James Allison.
Now that Lotus is aware that Allison is being courted by McLaren (and most probably other teams including Mercedes as well), it too will now be pondering its recruitment options, and duly open the possibility of a team elsewhere losing its top man.