Force India’s Smith finally starts work at Team Lotus image

( Mark Smith has finally made his switch to Team Lotus.

The move was announced a full year ago, but Force India enforced the “notice period” in his contract that is only now expiring.

Team Lotus announced on Monday that Smith has finally started work as technical director at Hingham and will develop the T128 under Mike Gascoyne “and begin work on the 2012 car”.

“The foundations are there for long-term success and I am looking forward to helping the team achieve its goals for many seasons to come,” said Smith.