Lotus have become the final F1 team to formally unveil their 2014 chassis
E22 finally handed its debut on Wednesday morning at Bahrain
By Sky Sports Online. Last Updated: 19/02/14 9:20am
The last of the eleven 2014 cars is launched as the Lotus E22 goes out on track at Bahrain.
Lotus have become the 11th and final team to launch their 2014 chassis, with the E22 debuting on Day One of the Bahrain test.
The car's appearance - 'tusk' nose and all - has been well-known for some time now after the Enstone team released images of it at the end of January. Since then, it has completed 100km of running for filming purposes at Jerez but Lotus's struggle to finish the car in time for the first pre-season test, also at Jerez, leaves them with ground to make up on their rivals ahead of the start of the season in Melbourne on March 16.
Between now and then, Lotus have eight days to test both the reliability and performance of the E22 - although, given the travails suffered by the Renault-powered teams who did make it to southern Spain three weeks ago, it could be argued that the gap is not as big as it might have been.
With Pastor Maldonado putting the first mileage on the car the weekend before last, it was new team-mate Romain Grosjean who took to the 5.412km Sakhir track in earnest on Wednesday morning.
The E22 out on track at Bahrain
He is also driving the car on Thursday, with Maldonado back in the cockpit for the remaining two days.
So far, it's been a winter of upheaval for Lotus, whose well-documented financial problems - a factor in the departure of Kimi Raikkonen last season - saw them take on Maldonado rather than the more highly-regarded Nico Hulkenberg.
Talks with Quantum Motorsports, the investment group which has tried repeatedly to buy a 35 per cent stake in the team, appear to have stalled, while Lotus received another setback last month when Team Principal Eric Boullier departed for McLaren.
The 2014 F1 launches:
Red Bull - RB10 in pics
Mercedes - W05 in pics
Ferrari - F14 T in pics
McLaren - MP4-29 in pics
Force India - VJM07 in pics
Sauber - C33 in pics
Toro Rosso - STR9 in pics
Williams - FW36 in pics
Marussia - MR03 in pics
Caterham - CT05 in pics
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.
Lotus E22 on track