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. (GP247)
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