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New Lotus E23 breaks cover in Jerez

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The new Lotus E23 broke cover for the first time on Monday morning in Jerez.

The team had to skip the opening day of the test while it waited for the recently-finished and crash tested chassis to arrive in Spain. The team put in a hard night's work to get the car out on track in just the second hour of running and it completed an installation lap with Pastor Maldonado at the wheel.

The team admitted on Sunday that they were not likely to complete any meaningful running until Tuesday, so Monday's early lap represents positive progress.

The E23 is the first Lotus to be powered by Mercedes after the team swapped from Renault following a torrid year at the back of the grid. The car features a sleek nose after the regulations forced the team to ditch its two-pronged nose of 2014.

Lotus is also confident it found and addressed a fundamental aerodynamic flaw on the car that caused it the handling to be unpredictable last year.

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