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Lotus to skip first F1 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.
Lotus F1's technical director Nick Chester revealed on Monday that the team is unlikely to take part in the first scheduled pre-session test session of 2014, raising concerns that the team is behind in its development programme for the forthcoming season.

"We're going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams," revealed Chester. "We've decided that attending the Jerez test isn't ideal for our build and development programme."

The four-day Jerez test is scheduled for 28-31 January, with two further test opportunities available to all teams in February in Bahrain.

A Lotus spokesman confirmed to Crash.net that running the old E21 chassis was not an option because of all the technical specification changes that have come into effect over the winter.

"We are likely to unveil the car before attending the Bahrain tests, and in Bahrain we should really be able to put the car through its paces in representative conditions," added Chester.

The technical director denied there were problems with the 2014 car, however, and insisted that he and the team were happy with their progress and that plans for the new season were still on course.

"We've made very good progress with the various homologation tests which took place before Christmas including chassis squeeze and side impact loading tests as well as the rear crash structure, meaning we just have the nose test to complete the car's homologation," he said.

"We've undertaken chassis fits for Romain and Pastor," he continued. "Certainly, our partners who have seen the car have reported themselves to be very impressed with the layout and various solutions to the new technical challenges.

"Our E22 development programme has been ongoing for over two years and it has been illuminating watching it grow," he added. "The backbone of Enstone is strong and we are relishing the challenge of the new season ahead."




Tagged as: Lotus , Enstone , Nick Chester

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Taz

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



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