Adrian Sutil has warned that Lotus will be at a "disadvantage" for missing the opening pre-season test.
Lotus confirmed earlier this week that they would not attend the Jerez test but will rather wait until Bahrain and its "representative conditions."
But, given the major regulation changes for the 2014 season, Sutil says Lotus are making a big mistake.
"I think real testing at the moment is what we need and not simulator work, because you can't simulate everything," he told Reuters. "In the end you need to go on the circuit and see how it goes.
"This is a very important test and we don't have much so I think it's clear that it will be a disadvantage...
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