The signals from Lotus – who only have a conditional entry on the FIA 2014 Formula 1 entry list – is that the team has been forced to delay the roll out of their 2014 car due to having pushed the rules a tad too far.
The team has announced that it will not be at the season opening test, giving rise to speculation that financial woes continue to plague the team despite the arrival of ‘pay driver’ Pastor Maldonado.
But Omnicorse speculates that the problem may simply be the fact that the legality of the Enstone team’s nose solution for its 2014 car – the E22 – may have been rejected by the FIA.
Further, Finnish broadcaster MTV3 suggests that the missing link could be the dotted line on a new Renault engine deal for the black and gold liveried team.
At any rate, Lotus continues to work hard on its 2014 car, with the team’s official Twitter account revealing a teaser preview of the E22.
“Seeing is believing,” the Twitter message read last week. “Hello E22, and oh how you’re growing.”
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier insists that there is no cause for concern.
“Everything is fine here,” he told the BBC. “Lotus will be on the grid this year and for a long time.” (GMM)
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