Pastor Maldonado’s second practice session session in Singapore came to an early end after he crashed with 45 minutes left on the clock on an open circuit.
Heading into turn 10, the Lotus driver appeared to miss his braking point, causing the car to continue on and into the wall. The impact ruined the front-right wheel, but Maldonado himself was thankfully able to walk away from the incident unharmed.
His shunt did bring out a red flag though, but the marshals did a good job to recover his car quickly and carefully.
Maldonado has endured a difficult debut season with Lotus, failing to score any points and rarely has he looked capable of doing so. However, he does have a firm contract at Enstone for 2015, and he will be hoping for better in his sophomore year with the team.
On Twitter, Lotus summed up the incident in just one word.
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) September 19, 2014
Oops indeed. Of course, this is not the first time that Maldonado has crashed his car in 2014, spurning a parody Twitter account in honor of his escapades.
He did finish the session in 14th position in spite of his off, and teammate Romain Grosjean was less than one-tenth of a second quicker in 12th.