When Kimi Raikkonen announced his Formula 1 return at the end of last year, it was clear that 2012 was going to be a big campaign for the team now known as Lotus.
Not only was it going to be essential that the outfit showed that its sometimes challenging 2011 campaign was just a blip; it was equally clear that it now had a responsibility to ensure that the machinery it put on track was worthy of a former world champion.
The duty to lead the design of that machine falls on the team's highly-rated technical director James Allison, who has had a winter not only addressing the areas where it proved weak last year - but also in getting some clarity on the regulations.
AUTOSPORT spoke to Allison at the launch of the new E20 at Jerez on Monday to find out how car development has come on, his reaction to the banning of his outfit's 'reactive ride' system and why the 2012 exhaust regulations are still up in the air.
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