Lotus have revealed the first image of their 2014 car - the E22 - in action
Car completed 100km during filming day in Jerez
By William Esler. Last Updated: 12/02/14 6:00pm
First glimpse of the E22 in action (Picture: Lotus)
Lotus have revealed the first image - albeit a distant one - of the E22 in action with Pastor Maldonado at the wheel during a filming day in Jerez.
The Enstone-based squad opted to sit out the first test at the Spanish venue to carry out further work on their car, thus the filming day last week was the first time the team had been able to give the car a proper shakedown.
Given that the other Renault-powered runners managed just 151 laps between them compared to nearly 900 by Mercedes power units, missing the test was perhaps not as big a blow to the team as it might have been and the French engine maker confirmed earlier this week that the Lotus reached the 100km filming day limit "without reliability problems." With a lap of the Jerez circuit 4.4km, that works out at approximately 23 laps, more than Red Bull managed during the entire first test.
Lotus are scheduled to take part in the second pre-season test in Bahrain which begins on February 19.
The Sky Sports F1 Online team will be providing live commentary of all three winter tests, with live updates from trackside also on Sky Sports News.
The new Lotus E22