Lotus E22 delays may be down to legality of new car 13 January, 2014 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) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsLotus: Special to be first on new Pirelli 18 inch tyresLotus: We were able to make tangible improvementLotus: There is plenty of potential in the E22Lotus: We ran through various aero and mapping assessmentsFootage of Grosjean losing his cool in Lotus garageLotus: We’ve ended our pre-season test programme with a lot of unknownsLotus: Certainly we are behind scheduleLotus: Unfortunately our new specification exhaust system failedLotus: We’re still very early on in our understanding of this carLotus: Unfortunately we had a number of gearbox related problems SteveisGreat Sure… right… even though it’s testing and they can use any design they wish. But it’s definitly not about money, looool. This team has no right to call itself Lotus. Such a shame. Kimi4WDC Sure. Sell the team to someone competent already. I’d imagine “give it away” would be more appropriate in their financial situation. David The Lotus name is losing its charisma. I’m finding this rather sad. Also If their design is illegal though they might be better off staying at home and working flat out to come up with a new and legal design. Red Bull Cheats And they said the Quantum deal was going to happen, and there was nothing wrong.