Boullier: We will not be the only team not in Jerez for first F1 test

Eric Boullier with Romain Grosjean

Eric Boullier with Romain Grosjean

Lotus announced earlier this week that they will not attend the first Formula 1 test of the season. Team boss Eric Boullier believes that his will not be the only team absent from proceedings at Jerez.

Boullier told BBC, “You will see, we will not be the only team not [going to] Jerez. I know this for a fact already. We already said a month ago that it is going to be tight. Actually most of the teams agreed it was going to be tight. Then it was a decision we took.”

“It is true the car will not be ready on time, but we will be ready shortly after that – and in some ways, it is not bad because we will have time to watch what the others are doing and nobody will be able to watch what we are doing. Remember, this year it is a big regulation change, so everybody will be watching very carefully what the others have done,” predicted the Frenchman.

Romain Grosjean in the Lotus E21

Romain Grosjean in the Lotus E21

“We took the decision bearing in mind [that] we we would miss a third of the testing, so we have to focus on doing things a little bit differently to make sure [that] we do not lose too much,” added Boullier.

Lotus’ financial woes captured headlines last season, especially when Kimi Raikkonen informed the world, in November, that he had not been paid for his services.

The Enstone team, owned by Luxembourg-based venture capital group Genii Capital, was also expecting investment from Quantum Motorsport which failed to materialise.

The team subsequently signed Pastor Maldonado who is known to have substantial backing from Venezuelan petroleum giant PDVSA, which appears to have eased the financial strain on the team.

The team’s other driver Romain Grosjean will be with the team for a third year. (GP247)

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  • matthew

    Boullier is worthless.

  • The Pessimist

    Got to agree with Eric that some teams will not be going to Jerez for the winter test and those teams could be Marussia and possibly Force India too.

  • McLarenfan

    Mansoor Ijaz and that questionable Quantum Motorsport have become a laughing stock. They have made claims regarding the Hulk the team and staff. Promising bonuses for the staff at the factory and a big wad of cash for Kimi. Boullier has had to stand there and agree with the claims that Mansoor Ijaz had pouring from his mouth not being caught by the Toilet roll strapped under his chin intended to catch the bullsh!t. I just wish that someone will finally say outright the man is worthless and a Bullsh!tting Criminal, and they have reported him to some legal body for his confidence crimes. If the money had come Lotus would have been in a lot better position and more than likely the car would be ready

  • PB

    @McLarenfan – Ijaz is what we call a wannabe. He wanted to be the centre of attention in the pinnacle of motorsport. He achieved that by rubbing shoulders with the F1 Team principles and Bernie and other celebrities in the paddock. He can now add that to his resume just like rubbing shoulders with the pollies in North America. Looks good on his company CV that seems to be struggling when you look into the details.

    Oh well another hard lesson learnt for the Lotus outfit. I am surprise Lopez did not check out Ijaz’s credentials. Even a quick google or Wikipedia overview of the man tells a story that is somewhat dubious.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    OK Eric, you will be able to hide what you are doing and see what all the other teams are doing. Nice. And you said that not all the other teams are going. So which is it? You are a joke, you and that Grosjean fellow, and your mate Ijaz and his imaginary millions.

  • Nowhereman

    Lotus will not loose much and if they play their cards right, they will gain much in watching the others.

  • Kimi4WDC


    How long can you watch while not getting paid and telling your partners that checks are in the mail for several months.

  • SteveisGreat

    Boullier is right! HRT and USF1 won’t be there either, lol.