Lotus still investigating fuel pump issue
5 June 2014 – Lotus F1 Team Technical Director Nick Chester has confirmed the Enstone-based team is still investigating the fuel pump problem that prevented Pastor Maldonado from starting the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago.
He added, however, that he is confident it will not be a problem this weekend at Canada's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
"The fuel pump worked initially on the way to the grid [in Monte Carlo] but when they tried to fire the car up again the pump stopped. We are still investigating to be absolutely sure, but we are confident we know what the problem is. It is unrelated to the power unit," Chester explained.
Lotus Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi added: "I know everyone back at Enstone has worked very hard to ensure we won't have the same problem that Pastor experienced again."
"Certainly it's been a tough, tough start to the year for Pastor and he has really suffered from reliability problems," Gastaldi continued.
"We know that he is a fast driver with good experience and like all drivers he wants to be racing on track. Monaco was a cruel blow. Even though we weren't able to extract the speed we wanted from the car, there was a good strategy in place for Pastor to make gains in the race. As we know, it wasn't to be. [But as I said] we don't expect to experience an issue like we did in Monaco again," he concluded.