Mark Smith has finally started work as Technical Director of Team Lotus. Smith has spent the last year waiting to join the team, having been under contract to Force India. The Silverstone team decided not to release him from his contract. Smith will report to Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne and will oversee Lewis Butler (Chief Designer), Marianne Hinson (Head of Aerodynamics), Dieter Gass (Deputy Technical Director) and Elliot Dason-Barber (Head of R&D and Vehicle Dynamics) developing the T128 and working on the 2012 car.
“I was genuinely impressed at how this team reached the 2010 grid with a good functional car and a professional looking operation in such a short time,” he said. “That was a huge achievement and they have built upon that in 2011, so the foundations are there for long-term success and I am looking forward to helping the team achieve its goals for many seasons to come.”