Maldonado: We've got it all to do

By on Saturday, October 11, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado conceded that Lotus faces an uphill struggle as he will start from the back of the grid for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

Maldonado was beset by power unit problems throughout the day and qualified in 20th, but will drop behind Max Chilton as a result of having to serve the remainder of his engine penalty.

"We had a lot of problems today so very little time on the track," he said.

"I missed the morning session because of a concern with the Energy Store, which meant we missed the opportunity to see how the track had changed and to make improvements to the car.

"Out on track the car actually felt okay when we weren’t having issues, but clearly the pace was not there. We weren’t able to push any harder because there were further issues with the power delivery. Tomorrow we’ll start from the back of the grid so we’ve got it all to do."

Romain Grosjean made it through to Q2 but said his day was a struggle.

"Today it was a real struggle to find grip which made the car a big handful to drive," he said.

"Qualifying was really tough because of this. It was a shame as the track is nice to drive and you just need that extra bit of adhesion to be able to push harder."

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