Lotus F1 Team has confirmed that its new car for the 2015 season, the E23, will not enjoy its first significant running until Tuesday.
The British team missed the first day of pre-season testing in Jerez on Sunday, with the car only flying into Spain from the UK as the checkered flag fell.
In a statement, the team revealed that the new car had been fired up for the first time on Saturday, meaning that with the build programme taking place throughout Sunday night and on Monday, the new car may not get out on track until Tuesday.
“Lotus F1 Team’s 2015 challenger, the E23 Hybrid, arrived in Jerez today after firing-up for the first time at the team’s Enstone base on Saturday January 31,” the statement read.
“The car is now undergoing its build programme overnight and through Monday, with the first significant running expected for Tuesday February 3.”
Technical director Nick Chester explained how the tight development programme on the new car has caused this delay, but he still remains optimistic about the team’s chances with the E23.
“We have been pursuing a very tight and aggressive build programme with the E23 Hybrid which is one of the most technically advanced cars to have come out of Enstone,” Chester said. “We will take to the track with this car as soon as we are ready from an engineering perspective.
“We’ve fired-up the car at Enstone and we’re now putting everything together ahead of the first laps on track. Everyone at Enstone is very positive with what we’ve seen of the E23 Hybrid so far and we’re looking forward to it turning its wheels in anger for the first time later this week.”
Pastor Maldonado had been due to run the car in Jerez today before handing the reins over to Romain Grosjean on Monday. At this rate though, it seems that both will lose one day of running, with Maldonado likely to debut the car on Tuesday.