Lotus produces first image of new E22
Lotus has released the first image of its new car, the E22, just moments after McLaren unveiled its 2014 challenger on Friday.
The rendered image was released via the team's Twitter feed in what appeared to be an attempt to steal some of the limelight from the McLaren launch. It also comes on the day that Lotus announced team principal Eric Boullier is leaving the team ahead of an anticipated switch to McLaren.
The car features a different approach to the new safety regulations regarding the nose of the car. Instead of the single narrow appendage to lower the tip of the nose, favoured by McLaren and Williams, the Lotus has a two-pronged solution with a gap to allow airflow to the floor of the car.
With the arrival of Pastor Maldonado at the team, the livery incorporates sponsorship from Venezuelan oil company PDVSA in the familiar black, red and gold colour scheme. The car will not be present at next week's test and is not expected to break cover until the teams converge in Bahrain for the second pre-season.
Lotus also used its Twitter feed to poke fun at Boullier's upcoming switch to McLaren.
Exclusive behind the scenes pic of Eric Boullier's leaving present. Something to read before the season starts... pic.twitter.com/j9dAE6eWG6— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) January 24, 2014