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Lotus confident E22 will 'go like hell'

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Acting Lotus boss and owner Gerard Lopez is expecting his team to be very competitive despite a slow start to pre-season testing.

After deciding against participating in the opening test in Jerez, the E22 made a private debut with two 'filming days' at the same circuit just over a week ago before finally making it's first public appearance in Bahrain on Wednesday.

As other Renault-powered teams have struggled with the new V6 power units,most notable Red Bull and Toro Rosso, Lopez said the decision to miss the opening test was correct.

"I predicted there would not be much to learn because of (technical) problems, so we saved a lot of money by staying home," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

During it's private test it emerged the new car had run well on the second of two days completing the full 100km permitted, though on Wednesday their driver Romain Grosjean managed just eight laps setting the slowest time.

Despite this Lopez is positive believing his team will not have the same issues seen by Red Bull and indeed based on figures gathered during initial development consider the new car, with it's distinctive 'twin-tusk' nose, to be one of the best to come from Enstone.

"We have a super car," he said. "The boys cannot believe the wind tunnel numbers. If we get those numbers on the track as well, the thing will go like hell.

"I can only hope we don't end up with three championships based on (engine suppliers) Mercedes and Ferrari and Renault," said Lopez.

Certainly that final point comes as the team also announce a new long-term contract with the French engine supplier.

"The relationship between Viry and Enstone has gone from strength to strength over the past few years," said Renault Sport F1 president Jean-Michel Jalinier.

"This is illustrated in no better way than the excellent – and very close – collaboration on the 2014 car, which is more technically complex than any previous designs."

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