Maldonado Expects Reliability Issues to be Resolved by China

Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean power around Malaysia during the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, March 29, 2015. — Photo: Lotus F1 

In the first two races of the season Lotus have suffered three DNF’s. Romain Grosjean encountered a power failure in Australia and Pastor Maldonado was plagued by a crash in round one and a brake failure in round two. Heading to Shangai next week, Maldonado is confident his team’s technical problems will be relieved.

Maldonado said that Malaysia “was very hot and in those conditions the car didn’t look bad. During the race, even with the damage we had from the floor after the contact from Valtteri Bottas in the first corner, our pace was very consistent.”

“We had a couple of small reliability issues but the team’s working very hard on this, and we expect to have these resolved by China,” he said. 

Neither of the Lotus drivers have scored points this year but Maldonado thinks that will change at the third round of the season, too. “I’m looking forward to getting out in action in Shanghai and hoping for a clean weekend when we should be able to get some points,” he said.

“I think we should be in a similar position to that we’ve been in for the first and second race, so fighting for the top ten in qualifying and then in the race. Let’s see what the track conditions are like, the weather, how the car feels and how good a set-up we can get. I’m confident we should be fighting for good places.”

At the Chinese Grand Prix last year, Romain Grosjean had a gearbox issue that forced him to retire on lap 28.

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