Thursday's Autosport magazine contains the following job advert for an 'Aero FEA Engineer' with Lotus-Renault GP:
"The Aero FEA engineer will be involved in the initial conceptual design of components within CFD and be expected to consider both the structural and aerodynamic implications of new concepts...Experience of structural analysis with both shape and laminate optimisation using FEA is a requirement."
Fairly unambiguous that. How much benefit Lotus-Renault can expect to gain at this stage of the game is another matter. One might expect the rules on front-wing flexibility to be further tightened before the start of the 2012 season, and with Lotus-Renault going from a standing-start, they might not be able to reap any benefits this year. Unless, that is, they recruit someone straight from Red Bull.