Team Lotus – soon to be known as Caterham – has boosted its technical strength with the signing of McLaren's chief aerodynamicist John Iley for next year.
Iley, who has previously worked alongside Team Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne at Jordan and Renault, has spent the most recent part of his career at Ferrari and McLaren. Although the news has not yet been made official, sources have confirmed that Iley is currently on leave from McLaren in light of his Team Lotus deal.
He is expected to be free from his contractual commitments by the middle of next year, which means he will be able to have an influence on what will then be Caterham's 2013 car. By that stage, the team is also expected to have completed a move from its current base in Hingham, UK to the Leafield facility that was previously occupied by Arrows and Super Aguri.