Lotus Racing has confirmed the appointment of Mark Smith to the role of Technical Director, completing the Malaysian team’s senior technical structure. Reporting to Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne, Mark will start at the end of his Force India notice period, and joins fellow crossovers Lewis Butler (Chief Designer) and Marianne Hinson (Head of Aerodynamics), also from Force India.

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), make up the 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. 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 F1 at Jordan, so we all know each other very well,” Gascoyne said.

“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,” the pleased technical head went on.