Lotus E22 to run for first time at Jerez

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Lotus E22 nose, 2014Lotus will give their new E22 chassis its first test today at Jerez.

The last F1 car to make its first appearance will break cover one week after the first test of the new seasons concluded at the Spanish circuit.

Lotus have already issued some pictures from the test including one which shows a new angle on the car’s unique double-pronged nose.

Lotus E22 steering wheel, 2014

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50 comments on Lotus E22 to run for first time at Jerez

  1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 7th February 2014, 9:17

    Lot of people saying the cockpit of the car doesn’t look very fancy.

  2. dennis (@dennis) said on 7th February 2014, 9:22

    You gotta LOVE the unconspicuous placement of the Autosport magazine with the “Red Bull Crisis” cover…

  3. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 7th February 2014, 9:42

    Is this legit? Are they allowed to do so unless it’s for promotional purposes?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 7th February 2014, 10:04

      I am sure they will post a video of sorts, just like Mercedes did, to show that they did in fact go there to film a promo of their new car @neelv27.

      There is no real limit to when a team can do their 2 days of filming day tracktime, although some teams might want to use those up only later in the year. Provided off course that they run on the Pirelli special promotional event tyres, and stay below 100 km/day

    • Calum (@calum) said on 7th February 2014, 10:07


      With special tyres and a speed limit teams are allowed two(?) days of 100km driving for “promotional footage” – but it will really just be a shakedown to make sure all the components in the car can work in sync! – the promotional footage they gain is just a bonus! ;)

      Mercedes and Force India both used a day before the Jerez test and other teams have in previous years too. :)

    • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 7th February 2014, 10:54

      Thanks guys but I also need to know one more thing.

      What does it mean by ‘Promotional’? Is this some sort of a footage recorded for any of the sponsors and if not then is there a way the FIA can keep a tab on this?

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 7th February 2014, 13:13

        Not sure its defined by more than the name, and the technical limitations connected to such a day @neelv27.

        On the other hand, in the last 2 years or so teams have alway been careful to post a video, post some pictures etc. after such an event, to “prove” that the purpose was really about filming the car. Mainly because the other teams have become quite critical after reports of teams overdoing it (I think it was with Ferrari and/or Red Bull) some years back.

  4. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 7th February 2014, 10:08

    Interesting that they’ve decided to go with the “old-school” steering wheel. Unless they don’t want to reveal the real one…

  5. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 7th February 2014, 10:12

    I think Lotus will be at the top again – if the Power Units hold.

    They do things differently, like now with filmingdays instead of testing.

  6. msoerensen (@msoerensen) said on 7th February 2014, 10:28

    So they decided not to go with an LCD screen on the steering wheel..
    Can someone say who else has dropped the LCD screen and who has not?

  7. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 7th February 2014, 14:46

    I still don’t believe this is the 2014 car …

  8. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 7th February 2014, 15:23

    As far as wishful thinking is concerned, between the 3 loopholes (kinda) seen/heard until now, that is Mclaren rear suspension, Lotus nose and Ferrari missing turbocharger cover, the Lotus one is by far the coolest one. I wish it will be their “DDD”.

  9. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 7th February 2014, 16:10

    Looks like Renault has agreed to pay Lotus for this “filming day” test and will have reps from RB, Toro Rosso and Caterham there to observe.


  10. Seems like Lotus is playing it smart. They got some initial data from the other Renault teams, probably already knowing that some of the engines issues were going to dominate the test. So they take the data, and focus on the more private testing.

    Does anyone know if they were able to complete many laps? It will be interesting to see if Renaults problems continue into Bahrain.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th February 2014, 11:31

      The maximum of laps for such a day is 100 km, which they confirmed they did on the second day in Jerez @geo (that is 22 laps), but it seems they did only short runs at low speeds – much like Caterham were doing on the friday of the last official test week.

      In any case, as Renault invited all the teams with their engines, in the end this promo-day was not as private as maybe Lotus would have liked!

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