Lotus has been the victim as more powerful teams waved chequebooks to lure key people.
In quick succession, Ferrari has poached Lotus' technical director James Allison, star driver Kimi Raikkonen, and aerodynamics chief Dirk de Beer.
France's Auto Hebdo claims computational fluid dynamics boss Jarrod Murphy is also departing.
Speaking before the latest wave of departures became clear, Lotus' chief executive Patrick Louis said: "It is clear that the average wage at the top teams is higher than ours.
"At certain levels, their salaries far exceed the standards."
Louis insists, however, that the Enstone based team will continue to thrive.
"People only see the visible part of...
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