Lotus E22 makes public debut in Bahrain with Grosjean at the wheel 19 February, 2014 Romain Grosjean Lotus E22 The Lotus E22 has finally made it’s public debut, in the hands of Romain Grosjean at Bahrain International Circuit, on Wednesday – the first day of the four day preseason Formula 1 test. Although they were among the first teams to release images of their 2014 car, the Enstone based team opted not to partake in the season opening test in Jerez last month, and did their first running behind closed doors. In Bahrain, on the first day of the four day test, after a half hour delay to the start of proceedings Grosjean was the first driver out on track. Romain Grosjean Lotus E22 The E22 has been the source of much interest as its asymetrical size ‘twin tusk’ front nose solution is vastly different to those adopted by rival teams. As one of the four Renault powered teams, the focus will be on how successful the French engine builder has been in solving the problems which grabbed headlines in Jerez. Grosjean is expected to do the first two days in the E22 cockpit followed by the team’s newcomer Pastor Maldonado, who will be on duty for the final two days – Friday and Saturday. (GP247) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsFootage 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 problemsLotus: We fell way short of what we want to achieveLotus: Obviously that wasn’t the day we wanted to haveGrosjean: I think it will be important to put some mileage on the carLotus announces driver schedule for Bahrain test Tamburello1994 (sigh) What happened to my Formula 1? The cars this season are just bad. Some exceptions, but overall just terrible. That looks like one, big, tuning fork. Good grief. karlich I actually quite like it – don’t know, it’s “ugly” in a good kind of way. Tamburello1994 I suppose by mid season I won’t wince when I look at it . . . . .