Whiting: New Lotus complies with the rules
30 January 2014 – FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting has quashed suggestions that the Lotus E22 is illegal.
Last week, the Enstone-based outfit published two digital rendered images of its latest Formula 1 challenger, revealing a striking twin-prong solution to the sport's controversial new nose height regulations.
This led to questions over the legality of the car, but Whiting says it is fully compliant with the rules.
"The Lotus complies with the rules," Whiting told France's Auto Hebdo. "The car passed the crash tests and the concept adheres to the letter of the law. Their approach is, without doubt, different, but it is legal.
"They submitted their design in the summer and we found nothing to complain about. It is a clever interpretation."
Lotus has chosen to skip this week's Jerez test, with its new car set to run at the subsequent Bahrain outings.