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Lotus will miss first pre-season test

The Formula 1 team who finished third in the Constructors Championship last year, Lotus have revealed that they will not be taking part in the first pre-season practice at Jerez in Spain. Instead of debuting their new car in the first test, Lotus plan to give the first showing of the car at the second test in February. Each of the teams have been forced to change their cars due to the new ruling and most will show them at the first test, but Lotus’ new car, the E22, will be delayed until Bahrain.

Lotus to reveal new car in late February

The governing body of Formula 1, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) made the most drastic changes to the rules of Formula 1 for years in 2013. One of the new rules include the introduction of a 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engines with extensive energy recovery systems in favour of the previous 2.4-litre naturally aspirated V8s. The 2014 season, when the new rules come into play, is set to begin at the Australian Grand Prix on the dates 14th – 16th March 2014 in a year that will see 19 Grand Prix’s in total.

Nick Chester, the Lotus technical director commented, “We’re going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams. We’ve decided that attending the Jerez test (first pre-season 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.” Lotus have been forced to let Kimi Raikkonen leave the team as he left for Ferrari which means their other driver, Romain Grosjean will be joined by Pastor Maldonado.

Author Daniel Foster.
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