Maldonado 'not even pushing' before crash

By on Friday, September 19, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado accepted blame for crashing out of Friday's second practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix - but revealed that he wasn't even pushing at the time of the accident.

Maldonado lost control of his Lotus E22 at turn 10 and suffered an impact with the wall which damage the front right corner of his car.

The crash ended his session prematurely and believes that the loss of performance on the Option tyres contributed to his problems.

"I just lost the car," Maldonado is quoted by

"It was too snappy and I lost the car in the middle of the corner, the exit is quite narrow and there was no way to recover the car.

"Even the previous corner I had some big oversteer. Fortunately the other corners were more wide so easier to control.

"I wasn't even pushing that hard because the first lap was the best one. The performance was not the same on the second lap time for the option tyres, which is the other way to the prime. On the prime you are getting better and better and on the option there is only one lap.

"It seems to be that for one lap the new tyres are absorbing the problems of the car and for the second lap we are back to having these kinds of problems."

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