The first public appearance of the Lotus E22 was a long time coming.
An initial rendering - which revealed the 'twin-tusk' nose - was revealed within moments of the McLaren launch nearly a month ago, and a few spy shots were issued from last week's Jerez 'filming' day, but it was not until the first day of the Bahrain test that the car made its true debut.
This delay proved to be worthwhile as the 22nd car from Enstone is a unique proposition, not least with its double-pronged nose. Other details around the sidepods and its asymmetric exhaust layout mark it out as departure from other teams' designs.
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