Pastor Maldonado giving Lotus E22 shake down in filming day at Jerez
Team were only one on grid to skip opening group test in Spain
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 07/02/14 9:53am
Lotus E22: Running in reality for the first time at Jerez
Lotus are running their new E22 car on track for the first time on Friday in a promotional filming day at Jerez.
Although the team have already revealed rendered images of their 2014 challenger, they opted to sit out last week's start to official group testing at the same circuit in southern Spain and delay the full debut of the E22 until the first of the Bahrain tests later this month.
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However, Lotus have now travelled to Jerez to shake down the Renault-powered E22 in one of their permitted two 100km promotional days that teams can complete during the year.
New Lotus signing Pastor Maldonado revealed on Twitter on Friday morning that he would be behind the wheel of the E22, which is allowed to run on demonstration tyres only during its time on track.
"Finally back to the track work, planning a filming day in Jerez today," Maldonado wrote.
"Looking forward to drive the new E22."
Lotus themselves tweeted pictures of the car from the garage at Jerez, including the E22's eye-catching twin-tusk nose arrangement.
The Enstone outfit become the fourth and final Renault customer team to try the manufacturer's troubled new V6 power unit, the French marque significantly trailing Mercedes and Ferrari in mileage after last week's Jerez action.
Renault Sport's Deputy Managing Director Rob White said at the end of the Jerez test that "at this stage every kilometre is hugely valuable".
finally back to the track work, planing a filming day in Jerez today. looking forward to drive the new E22- Pastor Maldonado (@Pastormaldo) February 7, 2014
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