Team Lotus has revealed that former McLaren aero man John Iley has been given the rarely used title of Performance Director at the team that will soon be known as Caterham.
Iley will head up “all aerodynamics, CFD and related activity” for the team, which changes its name on December 14.
Iley’s move became public knowledge some time ago, but the team had not made an official comment until today.
Iley is a longtime protégé of Mike Gascoyne. He originally worked with EuroBrun and on a couple of sportscar projects before joining Jordan in 1995. He hooked up with Gascoyne when the latter joined in 1998, and they went to Renault together in 2002. He later worked at Ferrari before joining McLaren, where he was chief aerodynamicist.
In Brazil Martin Whitmarsh played down his loss to McLaren, saying that Iley organised the aero department rather than led its R&D.
Caterham CEO Riad Asmat said: “It is a real sign of our growth and development as a serious contender for long-term honours that we can attract someone of John’s calibre and we are all very excited about the contribution he will make to our future success from the moment he starts work with our team.”