Maldonado 'surprised' by Montreal pace
11 June 2014 – Pastor Maldonado has said he was actually quite surprised by the excellent pace of the Lotus E22 during the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend.
Maldonado had to retire on lap 21 when his car suffered a power unit related issue, something Lotus Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi reckoned cost the Venezuelan a 'strong points finish'.
"We had a similar problem to Saturday where we lost a lot of power [in Q1]," Maldonado explained back in the pits. "It's a shame as the race was going very well, and we had an excellent pace - to be honest I was quite surprised by the car.
"The strategy was good, as we were looking for one stop whereas all the other cars were planning two stops, so we were looking very strong today and even without stopping we were on a similar pace with the other teams.
"We just need to look into exactly what happened and work hard to fix the problems we are having.
"We've shown we can be competitive."
Gastaldi added: "It [Canada] was certainly not our finest moment. Pastor was driving very strongly with a good strategy which should have seen him finish strongly in the points. He had an issue related to his power unit from the start of the race and eventually he had to retire because of this. This is frustrating for all involved and we will do everything we can to eradicate issues like this in the future."
"Romain [Grosjean - in the sister car] had a tough race [too] where he pushed all the way, but there was a problem with his rear wing [and he retired on lap 59]. Again, not ideal and something we need to understand and rectify," he added.
"We have a busy few weeks before Austria."