Lotus completes new car 'test' without 'any major problems'
10 February 2014 – Lotus successfully completed some 'promotional' running with the new E22 at Jerez last weekend, with the chassis and the new Renault V6-turbo-charged engine running 'without any major problems', GPUPdate.net has been informed.
New signing Pastor Maldonado was charged with driving the car and he did the full 100 kilometres allowed - around 22 laps.
“We finished our running before 4pm on Saturday (due to the mileage restrictions imposed on a promotional event),” a spokesperson for the Enstone-based outfit said. “Both the chassis and the new Renault power unit ran without any major problems.
“Pastor settled in very quickly and is already fitting into the team nicely. The car went together well and the design and build quality is another step up on the successful E21 of 2013.
“We are now looking forward to a full testing program in Bahrain next week where we will start to see the potential of the new package.”
The Enstone-based outfit was the only one absent from the opening pre-season test at the Andalusian venue last month, although given all the problems Renault had – something that limited Red Bull to just 21 laps – it seems Lotus’ decision to skip the four-day test and prolong car development won’t hurt them too much. Furthermore news that Lotus had no problems with Renault’s new power-plant will be welcomed by the others teams’ using engines from the Regie, namely, in addition to Lotus and Red Bull, Scuderia Toro Rosso and Caterham F1.