Lotus confirms brake problem for Maldonado

By on Sunday, March 1, 2015
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus has absolved Pastor Maldonado from blame for the crash which ended their pre-season testing programme prematurely, citing a brake failure on the E23 Hybrid.

Maldonado went off at Turn 4 shortly after lunch on the final day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and damaged the front wing and suspension, preventing the team from being able to emerge on track during the rest of the day.

Maldonado's time from the morning session, during which he undertook aero assessments, meant he ended the day at the foot of the times.

"It was a shame to end the day early, but that was the only issue we’ve had like this during testing so we can look to the positive that we have a lot of information to take the car in the right direction," he said.

"My braking was compromised coming into turn four, meaning I went off the track and hit the barriers. I was able to brake and slow, just not as much as the maximum otherwise possible.

"The car was not too badly damaged and I am fine, but it’s a shame we had this issue as we would have been looking at running the softer tyres in the afternoon and putting in some fast laps.

"I’m looking forward to getting back in the car in Melbourne as I think we have good potential this season."

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