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It’s nothing dastardly but no doubt means a lot politically within Lotus F1 and Genii Capital. CEO Patrick Louis has resigned his role and will continue on with Genii Automotive as a board member while Mathew Carter will assume the role going forward. Louis had been in the role of CEO since 2012.

As AUTOSPORT points out, Carter is a strong ally of minority investor, Andrew Ruhan, and I can imagine that politically this move is by design.

It’s also been revealed by Adam Cooper that Lotus F1 will not be participating int eh first test session and that’s unfortunate as theh teams have all be clamoring for more tests only to have some teams bow out. No doubt its expensive but I suspect the test would be very beneficial:

 

In other news at Lotus, the E22 is on target and while many fans are concerned for the team as their major investment deal with Quantum Motorsports fell through, technical director Nick Chester says there is no need to worry:

As Enstone gets up to full speed once more following the festive season, Technical Director Nick Chester gives an insight into the development of the E22.

How is Enstone placed heading into the 2014 season?
Our E22 development programme has been ongoing for over two years and it has been illuminating watching it grow. The backbone of Enstone is strong and we are relishing the challenge of the new season ahead.

How is progress with the E22?
From our perspective the figures look promising and development has been positive. That said, we are very much working with very little idea of what the other teams are doing. This is the first year of radically different regulations which means that all teams are developing their cars along potentially quite different avenues. It’s fascinating for us engineers and I hope it is fascinating for the fans too. We think we have a very good solution to the challenge and hopefully this will be seen when the E22 turns its wheels in anger.

Although the regulations are different, are there good lessons which can be carried over from the E21?
Yes, and I think we can still reflect on what a good car the E21 was as it finished the season still looking particularly competitive, and it was the only car able to get close to the Red Bull. There are certain concepts from the E21 which are still valid for the E22, but in particular our development methodology and synchronisation with our various simulations is especially relevant and promising.

How close is the E22 to completion?
We’ve made very good progress with the various homologation tests which took place before Christmas including chassis squeeze and side impact loading tests as well as the rear crash structure, meaning we just have the nose test to complete the car’s homologation. We’ve undertaken chassis fits for Romain and Pastor. Certainly, our partners who have seen the car have reported themselves to be very impressed with the layout and various solutions to the new technical challenges.

When are we likely to see the E22?
We’re going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams. We’ve decided that attending the Jerez test isn’t ideal for our build and development programme. We are likely to unveil the car before attending the Bahrain tests, and in Bahrain we should really be able to put the car through its paces in representative conditions.

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  • MIE

    Is missing the first test signs of the financial difficulty this team is having? With such a step change in regulations surely all teams need to be on the track to iron out any teething troubles with cars and ‘power units’ that are substantially different from what they have run previously.

    I may be proved wrong (it won’t be the first time), but this would seem to be a massive gamble on their part.

    • Fred

      It’s not a good start and surely will be a common problem for the smaller teams.

    • Rapierman

      That would be a gamble worth taking. Why would I want to freeze my butt off on a track that may not be up to standard when I can go to a place that’s a little more ideal both in terms of road conditions and weather?

  • peterriva

    I remember when everyone said Lotus were right in regards Kimi and they they would pay him especially because they had a new deal… yeah, sure. Now they say they have a great new car that doesn’t need testing… yeah sure.
    Here’s what I would like to know: Is there any proof that they have paid Kimi? The court papers filed in Genii’s home town (Luxembourg) last November have not been pulled (according to Liberation, a Paris newspaper). So, what’s up Lotus?

  • Phil

    WOW! I bet Mansour will not be happy with this news, seen as he has put so many BILLIONS into this team. I also heard he is thinking of running for president of Pakistan and pakistan will be the Title sponsor. Great news :)

  • Paul

    It looks like the suppliers won’t play ball until they have been paid and the rumour is that lots of people are still owed for 2013…..including Kimi … so this years sponsors are nervous of paying up until last years debts are sorted out otherwise they see their sponsorship purely paying last years debts which of course is not good!

    no money = no test = no 2014 season

    It’s a pity but is it bye bye Lotus? We think so.

    ….plus other teams as well??? … Sauber, Marussia, Caterham ?
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