Maldonado sure of top 10 challenge despite 'unlucky' crash

By on Friday, August 22, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado says he is confident of fighting for the top 10 at the Belgian Grand Prix, despite crashing out of second practice during the opening stages.

Maldonado lost control of his Lotus E22 exiting Turn 9 and sustained heavy damage to the Lotus E22, truncating his session early on.

Maldonado was taken to the medical centre but was quickly released without any issues.

"I went for a quick check-up, they said I was okay and I went straight to the garage," he said.

"For sure it [the accident] looks big but it was not actually big. I got a huge wheel spin on the exit of turn nine and I touched the gravel, the problem came from the exit of the corner and I lost the car. Nothing [I could] do.

"It’s difficult to drive, it was the first lap, cold tyres, a bit from my side, a bit from the car, it happens.

"We had some problems from first practice on the brakes, we solved the problems, the car looked not too bad, we have a good chance to be close to the top 10 and then in the race anything can happen."

Maldonado, though, accepted some blame for the accident.

"Today was maybe 50-50, I got the wheel spin and touched the car, [but it was] a bit unlucky," he concluded.

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