Maldonado: We will make progress in Bahrain
1 April 2014 – Pastor Maldonado is confident Lotus will continue to improve this weekend in Bahrain and has said Malaysia was 'clearly' a step forwards.
The Enstone team has struggled so far this season, but while Maldonado retired in Sepang on Sunday, the squad still got a boost of sorts when Romain Grosjean got his E22 to the chequered flag, coming home in eleventh place, just outside the points.
“From the start [in Malaysia] we were losing a lot of power which meant I had to retire in order to protect the engine. Despite that though, the weekend was clearly a step forwards,” Maldonado reflected.
“Since the Saturday, we were able to run far more with the car and Romain was able to finish the race. We’re not the only ones with issues so early in the season [either]. This is all related to the complex packages in the car, but we learnt a lot and will make progress for Bahrain.”
Maldonado also added that while it was frustrating to have problems every day over the Malaysian GP weekend, it wasn’t all bad: “I had more than my fair share of unreliability in Malaysia, but every time we expose a problem it means we have something to fix and we take a step forwards,” he explained.
“There were good positives in Sepang. I did get some good laps and I can feel that the E22 is a proper race car. A race car that still needs quite a lot of work, but still a race car with great potential.”