Just twenty days ahead new F1 season, Lotus has revealed that its E22 will not join the other outfits in the test that starts on January 28.
The first official test of 2014 in Spain at the end of this month, Lotus technical director Nick Chester said that their new car, the E22, is expected to first appearance at the second test in mid February in Bahrain.
“We’re going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams,” he said. “We’ve decided that attending the Jerez test isn’t ideal for our build and development programme.
“We are likely to unveil the car before attending the Bahrain tests, and in Bahrain we should really be able to put the car through its paces in representative conditions.”
F1 Regulation made a huge change for 2014 season; all challengers face vitally a strong pre-season progress plan this season. But despite the later introduction of the E22, Chester insists work on the new Lotus is progressing well.
“Our E22 development programme has been ongoing for over two years and it has been illuminating watching it grow,” he said. “The backbone of Enstone is strong and we are relishing the challenge of the new season ahead. From our perspective the figures look promising and development has been positive.
“That said, we are very much working with very little idea of what the other teams are doing. This is the first year of radically different regulations which means that all teams are developing their cars along potentially quite different avenues. It’s fascinating for us engineers and I hope it is fascinating for the fans too. We think we have a very good solution to the challenge and hopefully this will be seen when the E22 turns its wheels in anger.