Safety car ruins Maldonado's strong start

By on Sunday, October 6, 2013
Williams F1 Team

Williams F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado says that the deployment of the safety car scuppered his chances of scoring points at the Korean Grand Prix.

Maldonado started the race from eighteenth place but took advantage of a spinning Felipe Massa at turn three to complete the opening lap in ninth place.

The Venezuelan was unable to prevent faster cars from overtaking him and eventually finished the race in thirteenth place.

"I had a very good first lap, moving up to ninth after an incident at turn three allowed me to make up a lot of places," he said.

"I tried to maintain my position in the top ten but the safety cars hindered my race today as the cars behind were able to keep closing up behind me, and after the second restart they just had too much pace and were able to overtake."

"It's disappointing not to finish in the points but the end result is a fair reflection of our performance this weekend and we need to work hard to find some gains for the race next weekend in Japan."

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