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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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.