It was announced yesterday that Lotus will not be attending the first pre season test this winter to allow more time to develop the car.
With a whole host of rule changes for the season ahead it is crucial for teams to get as much on track testing time as possible with so many big changes coming into play for 2014.
Lotus technical director has been quoted as saying by the BBC that the first test "isn't ideal for our build and development programme." Whilst in some respect he is correct with the first test just really about getting some miles on the clock and the teams constantly going over system checks over the first few days.
Testing this season seems to be more important than ever thanks to the introduction 1.6 litre turbo-charged engines being the key switch. The teams will be on the look out for reliability from both the power unit and the rest of the car.
Lotus announced that the new car will be ready in time for the second test that takes place in Bahrain. There will be huge emphasis on the two tests in Bahrain due to it being a circuit that the teams race on whilst the conditions will also be more representative of the conditions that the teams will face throughout the season.
The data that the teams will gather in Bahrain will be of much more significance as opposed to the data teams collect pounding around cold European tracks on tyres that aren't designed to work in those conditions in the winter months.
Chester went on to say: "In Bahrain, we should really be able to put the car through its paces in representative conditions."
Whilst it is a blow to not go to Jerez as teams will be gathering data about their new car the team insist that they are still on schedule and will have a package together for the second test.
Lotus are looking to build on a high successful 2013 but will have to do without Kimi Raikkonen. The Fin has spearheaded the Lotus assault for the past two seasons but much to the delight of the team Romain Grosjean has come on leaps and bounds especially on the back end of last year and repaid the faith the team showed him after last seasons antics.
With extra time to develop their car and being in the capable hands of Grosjean and the speed of Maldonado the team could be in for a successful season.
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