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Lotus to skip first test of year in Jerez // The Enstone team delay appearance of 2014 F1 car to Bahrain

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Lotus to skip first test of year in Jerez
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The 2014 preseason is set to get off to a slow start for the Lotus team, as they have revealed they won’t be participating in the first of three tests before the season proper begins.

With Jerez the first scheduled test, new Lotus Technical Director Nick Chester has said that attending, quote: “isn’t ideal for our build and development programme.” He adds that the car is likely to remain under wraps until Bahrain, where “we should really be able to put the car through its paces in representative conditions.”

Missing the first test of the year isn’t the end of the world, although Lotus have previously had a lot of early gremlins to work through in previous seasons, plus the vast regulation overhaul makes things that little bit harder. Chester says: “All the 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 good solution to the challenge and hopefully this will be seen when the E22 turns its wheels in anger.” But, we’ll have to wait until 19th February before we get to see it.