Pastor Maldonado is refusing to dwell on his on-track clash with Lotus teammate Romain Grosjean at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, saying that such incidents are “all part of racing”.
Maldonado’s torrid start to the 2015 Formula 1 season continued in Barcelona last Sunday as he was forced to retire from the race due to rear wing damage sustained during the run-in with Grosjean.
Heading into turn three, the two drivers made contact, taking away a chunk of Maldonado’s rear wing endplate. Despite pitting and having most of the debris removed before continuing in the race, the Venezuelan eventually retired after 45 laps.
“Our luck hasn’t been great but this is racing,” Maldonado said. “With the damaged rear wing endplate I suffered early in the race, we lost some downforce for sure.
“However, the pace was still there and I was pushing to try and recover. Unfortunately we had to retire the car on Lap 45. I didn’t get a chance to speak to Romain because we both left immediately after the race. It was a very little touch.
“It happened but we move on, it’s all a part of racing.”
Despite failing to record a single top ten finish so far this year, Maldonado enters next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix with every hope of ending his run without points.
“We have a car that has a lot of potential and we are fighting ever higher in the field,” Maldonado said. “We have a good engine and the tires are lasting longer and that makes us confident that we can get some good results in the near future.
“We need to stay strong and as soon as the bad luck passes it will be very fun!”