Maldonado hindered by power problem

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado says that a lack of power prohibited him from achieving a higher grid slot during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Maldonado's Lotus suffered a problem which caused the brake system to retain pressure without any pedal input, leading to a loss of straight line speed during the first knockout segment.

That left Maldonado marooned down in 16th position, ahead of only Daniil Kvyat, the Manor Marussia drivers and Jenson Button's stricken McLaren.

"We had a problem unfortunately and weren't able to get the maximum pace from the car, meaning that it felt like we were lacking in power," he said.

"It’s not the end of the world as we should be able to fix the problem so we can focus on recovering positions through the race.

"We have enough tyres to do a different strategy and have showed good potential on both long and short runs throughout the weekend. The pace is there and points are definitely possible so let’s do our best as always."

Team-mate Romain Grosjean made it through to Q3 and will start from 10th position.

"I’m really proud of the team and what they achieved between FP3 and qualifying today," he said.

"From our runs so far this weekend, I was expecting to go out earlier so to achieve Q3 for the fourth time in a row feels very good. I’m actually slightly disappointed, I think we could have placed higher but we were lacking a little bit of grip."

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