Lotus admits E22 design error

By on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus team principal Gerard Lopez has conceded that his squad made a design mistake with the E22, with the Enstone-based outfit enduring a woeful 2014 campaign.

Lotus has been a frontrunner in recent seasons but this year Romain Grosjean has scored just eight points, with Pastor Maldonado yet to finish in the top 10.

The E22 is the only car on the grid to feature a twin-tusk approach and Lopez concedes that Lotus made an error in their design this year.

"We’ve made one design mistake that we actually had hoped would help us," he told the Official F1 website. "We are in the same situation as three years ago when we did the ‘forward exhaust’ and had a terrible season. It’s about the same situation again: we’ve made a choice and it is not paying off - actually it’s the complete contrary.

"That was a bad choice that translates into a bad season - regardless of the engine. Now the fact that Renault has a number-one team [Red Bull] - and now they officially say it - that is also part of our issue."

Lopez is adamant that Lotus will not repeat its error in 2015.

"2014 is what it is," he said. "It is not the position we are supposed to be in. We have about 470 people in the factory, so it’s still a big team; we have a two year-old wind tunnel, we have two year-old CFD - all the stuff that you need to compete.

"It was the mistake with the chassis that got us where we are now - and we definitely don’t want to make this mistake again. I am not saying that we will be fighting for the world championship next year, but we should go back to where we’ve been the previous two years."

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