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Motor racing: Lotus F1 team to miss first pre-season test

Published on Jan 7, 2014 6:09 AM
 
Lotus Formula One driver Romain Grosjean of France drives during the third practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, on Nov 23, 2013.  Lotus have decided to skip Formula One's first pre-season test in Jerez this month to give themselves more time to work on their new car, the team said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Lotus have decided to skip Formula One's first pre-season test in Jerez this month to give themselves more time to work on their new car, the team said on Monday.

"We're going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams," technical director Nick Chester said in a team release. "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." The first pre-season test at the Spanish track is due to start on Jan. 28 with two further tests in much hotter conditions in Bahrain before the opening race in Australia on March 16.

In the past, some teams have participated in the opening test of the year using cars from the previous season but there is nothing to be gained from that now with the introduction of a new engine.

 
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