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Team Lotus adds F1 aerodynamics specialist John Iley to technical group
Nov 25, 2011, 6:35 PM

The build up of technical staff at Team Lotus is set to take a new step with the arrival of leading aerodynamicist John Iley from McLaren.

The build up of technical staff at Team Lotus is set to take a new step with the arrival of leading aerodynamicist John Iley from McLaren.

The move has yet to be announced by Team Lotus, but it is believed that Iley has left McLaren and is on gardening leave until joining what will then be called Caterham F1 Team in June 2012.

Iley is another in a series of leading names who have worked before with Mike Gascoyne and have decided to join him at Team Lotus. He joins ex Red Bull technical director Mark Smith and ex Renault Sporting Director Steve Nielsen in making the move.

The team is set to move premises in the near future from Hingham in Norfolk to the former Arrows premises in Leafield, Oxfordshire, closer to F1's silicon valley.

Iley worked at McLaren early in his career but at Jordan Grand Prix he rose to the position of chief aerodynamicist, at the time when Gascoyne was technical director.

He then followed Gascoyne to Renault in 2002 and two years later he was headhunted by Ferrari as chief aerodynamicist, working alongside Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn. He left Ferrari in July 2009 and rejoined McLaren in 2010.

His hiring means that McLaren has lost two big names in short order with deputy chief designer Luca Furbato leaving for Toro Rosso earlier this month.

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