Is missing the first test good? Ever?
Regardless of how the teams like to spin it (i.e. it gives us more design time) missing a test is never planned from the outset. It only happens when something goes wrong. Then, in that specific case, missing a test usually the only option.
For Lotus, it could be something minor like a leadtime issue of a critical component. Or something major like failing a crash test and the required rework.
At the same time, you can't consign a team to failure because they missed a test. Red Bull have done it. McLaren ran an untested rear end of their car after a disasterous testing in 2011.
TL;DR - No, but it won't necessarily doom them to failure.
Edited by NotAPineapple, 06 January 2014 - 18:21.