Lotus Won’t Travel To Jerez At All, Not Even With E21 – Not A Promising Sign
Lotus has confirmed that it will not have its new 2014 car, the E22, ready for the first test of the season at Jerez starting on 28 January.
It has also come to light that the Enstone based outfit will not make the journey to the Spanish venue even with last year’s E21 to take advantage of the track time.
A spokesperson for Lotus said, “No benefit in running the E21 [at Jerez] – the cars are too different with the regulation changes. We’ve decided that attending the Jerez test isn’t ideal for our build and development programme.”
“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,” he added.
Thus the team’s new signing Pastor Maldonado will have to wait before getting familiar with his new surroundings. (Apex)
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As an outsider and one who has no experience in the running of an F1 team, my first thought – something is amiss. What are we to make of the this? That Lotus is behind in their build schedule, that similar to Red Bull in the past they want to make absolutely sure everything is covered in regards to the new formula and a heavily revised chassis? Recall the year RedBull sat out the first winter test, they went on to win both championships. Or possibly money is still ailing Lotus’s operation. I suppose there could be other [good] reasons which have compelled Lotus to forego this first test. Which ever the case, it can’t be helpful.