First 2014 test could be postponed

Romain Grosjean of France and drives during the USGP at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

The first test for the 2014 cars in , Spain could be postponed by a week after a discussion in the F1 Strategy Group on Monday.

The test, currently scheduled for Jan. 28-Feb. 1, was originally brought forward because the teams wanted to run their new powertrains as soon as possible – while leaving a significant gap before the second test in Bahrain, which would give them at least some time to react to any major reliability problems.

However, it seems that some teams won’t be as ready as they thought they would be, with Lotus apparently pushing the idea of a delay.

Although it seems unlikely that enough teams will ultimately agree to the date change – one team insider stated there was a “30 percent chance at best” – for the moment all are in limbo until a final decision is made.