Lotus Deputy Technical Director Tokunaga switch to Renault Sport

Deputy Technical Director Naoki Tokunaga move from Lotus and to join Renault Sport F1 (engine suppliers). Tokunaga initially joined the Lotus (Renault F1) team in 2000 as a vehicle dynamics engineer, before being promoted to head of control systems in 2002 and then deputy technical director in 2010.

Lotus says he leaves the team with their “full blessing” and that his old role will “remain vacant for the foreseeable future”.

Lotus Technical Director James Allison said: “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.

“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.”

Renault now supplies the engine for Red Bull, Lotus (owned by Renault), Williams and Caterham.

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