Renault says Jerez testing absence a setback for Lotus 24 January, 2014 Romain Grosjean testing for Lotus at Jerez in 2013 Not testing at Jerez next week will be a setback for Lotus, ahead of the all new 2014 Formula 1 season. That is the view of the team’s engine supplier Renault, despite Lotus saying it will not be disadvantaged by the absence because other users of the French engine – Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Caterham – will be in southern Spain collecting shared data. But Rob White, Renault’s technical chief, said that that reasoning is “not quite right”. “The basic power unit is the same for all of the clients,” he is quoted by Italy’s Omnicorse, “and the information will be shared. But each installation is unique.” “Of course, simulations are possible,” White added, “but you can’t understand everything with simulations alone.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsLotus: Special to be first on new Pirelli 18 inch tyresLotus: We were able to make tangible improvementLotus: There is plenty of potential in the E22Lotus: We ran through various aero and mapping assessmentsFootage of Grosjean losing his cool in Lotus garageLotus: We’ve ended our pre-season test programme with a lot of unknownsLotus: Certainly we are behind scheduleLotus: Unfortunately our new specification exhaust system failedLotus: We’re still very early on in our understanding of this carLotus: Unfortunately we had a number of gearbox related problems RBC Lotus suck since they abused Kimi for not getting out of the way of Grosjean DURING a fast corner. WTF they deserve to fail. Matthew They do suck, but not for telling kimi to get out of the way! He was almost half a second slower then grosjean when that happened. StevetheGreat Just waiting for Lopez to deny this report and give his statement that not testing is actually somehow more beneficial to the team, loooooooooool.