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Deputy technical director Tokunaga leaves Lotus 05 Apr 2012

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 25 March 2012 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 23 March 2012

Lotus deputy technical director Naoki Tokunaga will bid farewell to the team and join Renault Sport F1 as technical director of their New Generation Power Unit. Tokunaga’s Lotus role will remain vacant for the foreseeable future.

“While we are sad on a personal level to see Naoki leave Enstone, we believe this move will be overall positive for Renault Sport F1’s customers,” said Lotus technical director James Allison. “We would like to thank Naoki for the tremendous contribution he has made to our team during the 12 years he has been with us and we look forward to the performance he will bring us (and all of Renault Sport F1’s client teams) in his new role.”

Tokunaga joined Enstone in 2000 as a vehicle dynamics engineer. He was promoted to head of control systems in 2002 and to deputy technical director in 2010.

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