Lopez: If we get the wind tunnel numbers on track as well, the E22 will go like hell 20 February, 2014 Romain Grosjean and Gerard Lopez share a laugh during Bahrain testing Self appointed acting Team Principal Gerard Lopez expects Lotus to be fully competitive in 2014, with their all new eye catching Lotus E22. Amid reports of financial strife, the Enstone team sat out the opening Jerez test, and when the E22 finally made its public debut in Bahrain on Wednesday, it clocked the slowest time, and a mere 8 laps. Team owner Lopez, however – acting as team boss while the McLaren-departed Eric Boullier’s successor is found – said that Lotus was right to have voluntarily skipped Jerez. “I predicted that there would not be much to learn because of technical problems, so we saved a lot of money by staying home,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. Romain Grosjean Lotus E22 The E22 then seemed to have a promising rollout at Jerez in the week after the official test, but in Bahrain on Wednesday Lotus struck Renault Power Unit trouble. Nonetheless, Lopez is confident, dishing out high praise for the E22’s designers, who have penned a car not only with a two-pronged nose, but an unusual asymmetrical solution for the exhaust and rear wing support. “We have a super car,” he said. “The boys cannot believe the wind tunnel numbers. If we get those numbers on the track as well, the thing will go like hell. “I can only hope we don’t end up with three Championships based on [engine suppliers] Mercedes and Ferrari and Renault,” said Lopez. (GMM) Subbed by AJN.