Maldonado and Lotus suffer two PU failures
8 April 2014 – Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado was philosophical after he experienced yet more reliability problems on Tuesday during the opening day of the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test.
The Enstone squad has had a dire season so far, and while Maldonado and team-mate, Romain Grosjean both finished Sunday's race, the third round in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, power unit 'related issues' meant the Venezuelan did just 16 laps today, less than 90 kilometres. In contrast, Nico Rosberg did 121 tours and over 650 kilometres.
"This morning our programme was focused on aerodynamic work and we achieved a lot, even with a limited amount of laps. This afternoon the plan was to work on performance, evaluating parts and set-ups, however we have not been able to run though the programme due to power unit issues," Maldonado explained. "We need to check and understand what has happened. This is what testing is for even though we would have preferred to have been able to complete more laps today.
"I hope that Romain can continue to work on our testing programme tomorrow and hopefully have a more positive day."
"Unfortunately we weren't able to carry out the programme we had set out to do today as two power unit related failures stopped us far short of what we wanted to achieve," added Lotus' Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane.
"Of course, this is frustrating for everyone involved, but our focus is now very much on getting the most we can out of tomorrow," he concluded.