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Huge blow for Lotus F1

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Tristan Clark, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Looks like the E22 won't be ready for the opening test starting at Jerez on the 28th of this month.

    "We're going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams," [said Lotus technical director - Nick Chester]. "We've decided that attending the Jerez test isn't ideal for our build and development programme."

    Definitely a big concern considering the struggles of Williams last year, who also missed the opening test. Fingers crossed that they can stay competitive this year.

    Source: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/112041
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2014
  2. Financial problems maybe?
  3. Sure, that Pakistani scam artist (Quantum) didn't pay a penny and other top tier teams dismantled their engineering team, with the prospect of getting paid regularly.
    Sad story, next non top budget team getting under the wheels.
  4. Really sad that Lotus is under such hard times. :(
    From previous experience they don't seem to start the season on the wrong foot, so hopefully they will repeat that in 2014.
  5. F1 is too expensive in 2013 and far worse in 2014, without a huge title sponsor or factory backing you are dammed for the back seats.
    Great stuff, 500 million in the top tier class (RB, Merc, Ferrari, McL) the rest is searching for pay driver like M from V to survive the increasing costs.
    The factory teams got their guarantee to win with the smear campaign against Max Mosley and the resources restriction agreement. Nowadays FIA is only interested in higher income than regulating this political minefield.
    • Winner Winner x 2