Pastor Maldonado says Lotus’ E23 has plenty of potential after driving the car for the first time at Jerez on Monday.
Maldonado completed 41 laps on his way to sixth fastest on Monday, after the team worked through the night to complete the car.
“It was fantastic to get behind the wheel for the first ever lap of this exciting new car,” he said.
“Even though it’s early days we achieved a lot today. It was already exciting to feel the potential of the car and I can’t wait to get back in the car tomorrow.
“We did stop running early, but then it started to rain so everyone else came in too so it was not a big drama.
“The car certainly looks fantastic and I know we have a lot of potential for the season ahead.”
Lotus technical director Nick Chester congratulated his team after the E23 was completed ahead of schedule.
“Seeing the E23 Hybrid on track for the first time was very satisfying and we owe a great deal of thanks to everyone at Enstone and everyone here at the circuit for the long hours which have been put in recently,” he said.
“We had predicted that we’d probably just be able to complete a couple of shakedown laps today, but thanks to some fantastic work overnight we were able to run the car from this morning.
“We can’t wait to get back out on track tomorrow.”
Pastor Maldonado will drive the E23 on Tuesday before Romain Grosjean takes over at the wheel for his first run in the car on Wednesday.
This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Images courtesy of Lotus F1 Team