Lotus F1 HQ

Lotus continues to prove to its doubters that it has the credentials to compete as a serious F1 outfit, with the team firing up its Cosworth engine on its new chassis on Saturday – six days ahead of when originally planned!

The team is scheduled to shake down its car tomorrow, ahead of its official launch on Friday.

The team’s technical chief Mike Gascoyne was typically bullish about the team’s prospects following the latest good news story.

"It was obviously a big step forward to get the car fired up," Gascoyne told AUTOSPORT.

"The most pleasing aspect of the engine fire-up was that when we got the entry, in our production schedule we had it pencilled in as February 12. So to do it on the 6th – six days ahead of schedule, was a great effort by everyone.

"What makes this so satisfying is that this is a project where everything has been built up from new. Everyone has contributed to the effort.

"Our first aim was to be on the grid – to be a professional team where everything is to be F1 standard. We definitely will do that. The team will look good and step one has been achieved."

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