The Lotus Renault GP team has appointed John Wickham as its new team manager, with the former technical and operations manager of A1 GP taking on his role from this weekend's European Grand Prix.
Wickham was drafted in by team principal Eric Boullier recently to perform an efficiency study of the squad, and that move prompted sporting director Steve Nielsen to tender his resignation. Following that, Wickham was hired as team manager as part of a wider reshuffle that will see chief race engineer Alan Permane move into a more senior role, too.
When asked about the background to the reshuffle, Boullier said: "Steve resigned, so I think it is just another step in maybe bringing some new ideas and to go for the next step where I want the team to be.
"For what I want to achieve with the team, John has a great experience of where I want his job to be. It is not about replacing a sporting director, it is more splitting responsibilities. Alan Permane will have more responsibilities on the sporting side, and I need more focus on the race team itself."
Wickham managed the Spirit-Honda Formula 2 team in the 1980's and brought the engine manufacturer into F1 in 1983 before Honda did its deal with Williams.
Nielsen is set to remain at the team until the Singapore GP.