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New recruits bolster Lotus’s technical line-up 02 Jun 2010

Mark Smith (GBR), Force India F1 Design Director. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, Wednesday 10 February 2010. (L to R): Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Lotus F1 Racing Chief Technical Officer with Tony Fernandes (MAL) Lotus F1 Team Principal on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 9 May 2010

Lotus have announced a trio of new appointments to their technical department. Mark Smith will become the team’s technical director, working under the direction of chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne, following the end of his notice period at his current team Force India. Lewis Butler will join as Lotus’s chief designer, whilst Marianne Hinson will become head of aerodynamics.

These appointments, alongside Keith Saunt (chief operating officer), Dieter Gass (deputy technical director), Elliot Dason-Barber (head of vehicle dynamics), Frank Ramowsky (head of R&D), Rob Reeve (head of electronics) and Jody Egginton (chief engineer), complete the team’s technical senior management structure.

“I’m exceptionally pleased to welcome Marianne and Lewis to Lotus Racing, and I’m very excited to once again be teaming up with Mark Smith who I have previously worked with at Jordan, Renault and Force India,” said Gascoyne. “Lewis and I were together at Force India, and Lewis also worked with Mark Smith at Red Bull, and Marianne and I have known each other since 1999 when I gave her her first job in Formula One at Jordan, so we all know each other very well.

“Mark Smith and I were first at Jordan together where our first car was the 199, Jordan’s most successful Formula One entrant, and then he came with me to Renault where we helped put them back on the top step of the podium, and put in place the team that went on to win two world championships. Most recently we were together at Force India, and I’m delighted he sees the potential we have here, and has seized the opportunity to work with me, Tony (Fernandes) and the whole team on helping Lotus Racing reach the front of the grid.

“For me, it’s not just about the proven technical ability of the team we now have in place, it’s also the fact we’ve all worked together before, know how to achieve the goals we’ve set out, and know how to have fun together. We all work together extremely well, and that gives us the perfect base from which to build for long-term success.”

Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes added: “I am delighted to welcome Mark, Lewis and Marianne to the team, and they join a group of extremely talented people at Lotus Racing. I am honoured that these fantastic talents have put their careers and their faith in Lotus Racing, and see the very bright future we all have together here.

“Formula One is a small world and the fact that they are coming to our team shows what we have already achieved in a very short period. Nothing will stop us from bringing in the best people we can, and we will give them the best working environment, and create the perfect atmosphere for them to fulfil their own potential, and help us in our quest to reach the top."