Pastor Maldonado says that his early exit in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix was caused by traffic.
Maldonado set only the 18th fastest time in Q1 and was knocked out of qualifying.
“I was faced with traffic twice on my first run in Q1 on the soft tyres, once in the first corner and also again in Turn 10, which compromised my qualifying as you only really have one chance to get a clean lap on the soft tyres because the degradation is so high,” he said.
“I am usually able to recover some positions in the race and the car is more competitive on long runs so I’m confident we can move forward tomorrow.”
Valtteri Bottas progressed through to the second knockout session and set the 15th fastest time.
“It was very tight out there today,” said the Finn.
“In Q1 we managed to make the most of the car and the balance felt pretty good. In Q2 we were compromised a bit on our final run as there was a big queue of cars on the out-lap and the tyre temperatures were a little low at the beginning of my flying lap which cost me some time. We could have gone a bit faster, but having said that, the cars in front of us still have better raw pace so this qualifying result is a fair reflection of where we are this weekend.”
“We will be working hard tonight to make further improvements to the set-up so that we can challenge for a better position in the race.”