Lotus will not wait until the next official test in Bahrain to get its delayed and already controversial 2014 Formula 1 car on track.
Having not attended the first test at Jerez, the Enstone team will give its E22 a track debut this Friday and Saturday at the southern Spanish circuit.
Officially, the Lotus outing at Jerez will be for promotional ‘filming days’ on demonstration Pirelli tyres, allowed under the rules regulating the sport’s strict limits on track testing. Teams are allowed 100 km for this purpose.
But Autosprint correspondent Roberto Chinchero said the session will actually be a crucial outing for engine supplier Renault, who are reportedly footing the bill, in the aftermath of the Jerez test, seen as a debacle for the French engine manufacturer.
It will also be the first time Lotus’ novel asymmetrical, double-pronged nose solution sees the light of day. (GMM)
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