Maldonado accepts blame for pit entry accident
18 April 2014 – Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado has accepted the blame for a mistake during the second practice session in China which resulted in him making contact with the barriers at the pit lane entry.
Maldonado locked up as he approached the corner and slid into the gravel before making contact with the barriers, damaging the front of his E22, bringing his session to a premature end.
But the Venezuelan driver, who will drop five places on the grid as a result of his penalty for hitting Esteban Gutiérrez in Bahrain, remains optimistic that Lotus can score points in China.
"The incident this afternoon was a mistake from my side; I was a little optimistic on the entry to the pits, and the run off is quite short, but that's how it is," he said.
"It's a tricky part of the track and we've seen incidents there before. Now we need to look forward - we had a good first session and we managed to test a few things in the second session which means we have good data. We tried different set-ups in the car and completely different philosophies so now we have more data to analyse and look at in preparation for tomorrow.
"The car is improving - the power unit seems to be better and more consistent - so we're making good progress. Our qualifying mode is better, which is something we are working on, so hopefully this weekend will be much better for us. Points are realistic, so we'll do our best to achieve that."