Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus mechanics were left none-too-impressed after the Venezuelan had another almighty shunt during Friday’s second practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Midway through the 90-minute practice hit-out, Maldonado lost control of his car at the Turn 10 left-hander and slammed into the barriers. The front-right corner of his Renault-powered E22 sustained heavy damage, and his mechanics were immediately in action to start assembling the spare chassis in time for final practice and qualifying on Saturday.
“The balance was quite snappy when the tyres were a bit older and I lost the car in the middle of the corner, then the exit is quite narrow there which meant there was nowhere to go,” he said of the incident in Lotus’ official press release, although he didn’t express any concern for the work he was once again putting his mechanics through after yet another visit to the barriers.
“At least it happened in Friday practice,” he quipped. Indeed.
“Pastor’s mistake was unfortunate as we lost track time,” was all that Lotus’ trackside operations director, Alan Permane, could manage to add.
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