Lotus E22 delays may be down to legality of new car

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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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  • 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.