How Much Did Missing the First 2014 Formula 1 Test Hurt Lotus?

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How Much Did Missing the First 2014 Formula 1 Test Hurt Lotus?
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Lotus raised plenty of eyebrows when they announced they would be missing the first of the three 2014 Formula One preseason tests.

To miss any testing opportunity is bad, but this year it seemed even worse. With so many changes to the technical regulations over the winter, getting maximum track time was at the top of every team's list of priorities.

Lotus knew that but didn't believe their car would be ready.

It wasn't a case of the wheels not fitting, or having a piece of cardboard stuck to the nose instead of a front wing. They could have taken a car to Jerez.

But that car wouldn't, they felt, have been worth taking. The team believed their time would be better spent remaining at the factory, further developing the E22.

No details have yet been given on what areas, specifically, they wanted to do more work on, but they will have known in advance that Renault were having difficulties marrying engine and car.

This could have been the primary reasonand also the source of then-team principal Eric Boullier's (incorrect) assertion that he knew at least one other team would also be absent from Jerez.

Four extra days back at base will have been beneficial in some way, but how much has it hurt them overall?

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