Lotus has spent the past few months watching helpless as Ferrari's grasping hand has reached through the doors of Enstone, stealing away three of its star employees in Kimi Raikkonen, technical director James Allison and highly rated head of aerodynamics Dirk de Beer.
The dust has now settled and left the team with a choice of two courses of action.
It can lick its wounds, collapse theatrically in the smouldering embers of its hopes of re-emerging as a world championship-winning force and accept that things simply will not be as good as they were.
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