F1 » Lotus to skip first 2014 test session

The Lotus F1 team does not intend to take part in the first pre-season test session of 2014 at Jerez, saying the late January timing "isn't ideal" for its development programme.

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January 07, 2014 9:37 AM

Could it be they don't have the budget to do the 1st test.....sounds like corners are been cut.

I guess the crash tests bring a new significance with Maldernandos driving (voted the worst driver by crash readers...lol) :p


January 07, 2014 10:20 AM

The importance of mileage during testing/running time allowable by the rules will be of much more importance this year than the previous seasons, the more time spend on track the more time/chance a team will have to sort out the problems which are due accrue due to the increased complexities of the new power unites, one thing (A new complexity as a by product of the new power units) that I touched upon yesterday on another page and which will be of supper importance this year is the rear braking system.


January 07, 2014 10:38 AM

In other words "If it's anything like last years test it will be to cold and there is no point in us going, also we don't have the money".

I still don't understand why they have the pre season test in Jerez during winter, when the whole season takes part in summer races. I think Phillip Island would make a great location for pre-season testing, it's a smooth flowing track with European style corners, it's summer down here so the conditions represent the season better, and it's about the same length as Jerez.


January 07, 2014 10:40 AM

bep bep bepbepbepbepbep

Guys, my **** radar is going pretty crazy over here...

Attleast Marussia has always been pretty truthful and told their car isint ready. I dont know if lotuses car isint ready or dont they have money to go testing but not going testing because "its not ideal for their program", is pretty tall pile of ****. No one would not test when there is rulechanges this magnitude tyres, engines etc.


January 07, 2014 10:55 AM

Either they're behind or they just figured "Well... new regulations, let's just see what everyone else is doing before we commit to anything and have to re-do".

In all seriousness, that's hella sus' given that they'll be pretty much testing a brand new car. Something they haven't done in a long time and exactly the time when you want as much testing done as possible.


January 07, 2014 1:50 PM

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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