Lotus and Renault deny problems and rule breaking during Jerez run

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Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus E22 at Jerez

Lotus and Renault have given the thumbs up to the E22 after ‘Promotional Event’ running  of the new car at Jerez last weekend, while claiming that no rules were broken during the two days in Spain.

In the aftermath of a problem packed start to the pre-season testing for the Renault powered F1 teams at Jerez late last month, all eyes were on the first running of the E22, at the same venue, which featured tweaks to resolve issues with the Renault turbo V6 Power Unit.

The French manufacturer confirmed that the package ran “without reliability problems” during the two days in southern Spain.

Renault added, “The basic objectives were to support the Lotus programme with a Power Unit configuration and operation to allow systems checks and basic car operation. The latest Power Unit configuration was deployed without any reliability problems, allowing Lotus to complete the maximum amount of kilometres permitted on a filming day.”

Lotus E22 cockpit

Lotus E22 cockpit

“Updates developed in the dyno at Viry during and post Jerez were run. Updates included minor hardware changes, software bug fixes and calibration improvements.”

Renault are adamant that they did not contravene the regulations which stipulate that “a PE (Promotional Event) shall be defined as an event in which a competitor participates purely for marketing or promotional purposes.”

The backed this up in the statement, “We should point out that no development was pursued during the filming day as stipulated in the sporting regs, rather upgrades trialled in the dyno at Viry were validated.”

“As usual, everyone is committed to providing performance and reliability required for normal power unit operation and a fully competitive 2014 season.”

Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus E22 at Jerez

Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus E22 at Jerez

A Lotus spokesperson said of the two days at Jerez, “Both the chassis and the new Renault Power Unit ran without any major problems.”

“Pastor [Maldonado] 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 looking forward to a full testing programme in Bahrain next week where we will start to see the potential of the new package.”

Bahrain testing starts on 19 February. (GP247)

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  • Hugo Lafreniere

    Really? I was totally expecting them to say they blatantly broke the rules. What a total shocker of a statement.

  • BarnstableD

    Seeing as it was the Lotus car’s first ever run on a track, how could they possibly be testing upgrades?