The Lotus F1 team has lost another senior figure in its technical ranks, today announcing that its deputy technical director Naoki Tokunaga will leave the team to take up a role as the technical director of Renault’s 2014 F1 engine programme.
The Japanese engineer has been with the team for over a decade, joining the squad (in its Benetton guise) in the year 2000 as a vehicle dynamics engineer.
In 2002, he was promoted to the role of the team’s head of control systems before moving into the deputy technical role in 2010.
“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,” the team’s technical director James Allison said in a team media release.
“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.”