Lotus to miss first pre-season test
6 January 2014 – LotusTechnical Director Nick Chester has confirmed the Enstone-based outfit is to delay the introduction of its new 2014 Formula 1 car and that it will not run with the E22 until the Bahrain tests in March.
“We’re going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams,” he stated. “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.”
It remains to be seen if the squad will bother running at Jerez from January 28-31 with the E21, although it seems unlikely given the major regulation changes for the coming season.
Meanwhile, despite the fact the outfit will not be ready for the first pre-season test, Chester insisted that work on the E22 is progressing well.
“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 explained.
“We’ve undertaken chassis fits for Romain [Grosjean] and Pastor [Maldonado]. 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.”
“From our perspective the figures look promising and development has been positive,” he continued. “That said, however, we are very much working with very little idea of what the other teams are doing. This is the first year of radically different regulations which means that all teams are developing their cars along potentially quite different avenues. It’s fascinating for us engineers and I hope it is fascinating for the fans too.
"We think we have a very good solution to the challenge and hopefully this will be seen when the E22 turns its wheels in anger.”