Pastor Maldonado set the fastest time of the week on the third day of testing in Barcelona with soft tires. The track had previously been slightly soaked by rain, and the Venezuelan drove the Lotus race with a time of 1: 24.348. This one was three hundredths faster than Max Verstappn in Toro Rosso. It was Verstappen who was at the top of the table at the end of the morning work. The rookie used the afternoon to prepare for the races, and by the end of the day he had driven 129 laps. Lewis Hamilton was third with 1.3 seconds less time. He drove his best lap on harder tires. Fourth was Sauber racer Marcus Ericsson, who spent most of the morning waiting in the garage, where mechanics on his car were repairing the transmission. Sebastian Vettel began testing in Barcelona by spinning in his first k
Formula One racers also tested a new system of the so-called virtual safety car at the second free practice in Austin. During the training, yellow flags were hung on a part of the track, as in the case of an accident of one of the race cars, and the racers had to drive that part reasonably slowly, within a certain time frame. The move is the result of a serious accident of Jules Bianchi in a Suzuki, which did not slow down enough in the area of double yellow flags and flew off the track and collided with a mobile elevator, which was pulling the stuck car out of the excursion zone. Racers with a virtual safety car system slow down on their own, so there is no need to drive an actual safety car onto the track, which would slow down the racers in all parts of the track. Although they are both racers and leaders
Pastor Maldonado has admitted that he is looking forward to next season when his Lotus team will use Mercedes powertrains instead of Renault in their race cars. The Venezuelan moved from the Williams team last winter, which experienced a renaissance this season and found itself just below the top. Lotus has fallen sharply in the same way, but Maldonado does not regret the transfer. "We are aiming for the level at which Williams is. With Mercedes engines, we will be immediately half a second faster compared to the current situation, and then there is the advantage in terms of aerodynamics, as Mercedes engines are smaller," said the Venezuelan. not only more power but also more reliability is expected from the team supplier, as well as more racing cooling solutions.
Romain Grosjean said before the Italian Grand Prix that Lotus is no longer developing this year's car, as they have decided to write off this year's season, which has been especially difficult for them from the beginning. In free practice, Grosjean and teammate Pastor Maldonado were slower than Marussia racer Jules Bianchi. "We have problems with the aerodynamic consistency of the car. We have had this problem since day one and we cannot completely eliminate it this year," Grosjean explained. "We're now working on the race car for next season, and we're not going to update this year." This year, the Lotus team collected a total of two points, which were scored by the Frenchman in the race in Spain and Monaco. He is no longer counting on new points, as they are already expected to have problems breaking through to the second part of the qualifications. “We had some t
Pastor Maldonado recorded the fastest time of day on the last day of testing in Barcelona. The Lotus racer overtook the second fastest Nico Rosberg by almost a second with a time of 1: 24.871. Third was Kimi Raikkonen. The Venezuelan achieved time on a softer mix of tires, while most other racers did not test it. Finn Kimi Raikkonen managed to drive 93 laps after a difficult first day, but the pitch did not rest even on the second day, as the car was teasing him again towards the end of the day, when he was heading to a new series of laps. For Williams, she tested Susie Wolff, who will be competing in free practice in Britain and Germany, and used the test day to prepare for the opportunity. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel also managed to drive a few more laps, recording his seventh time after 72 laps.
Pastor Maldonado discussed a new system of penalty points that could cause him to miss a race soon. After only three races this season, the Venezuelan has already scored three penalty points, and at twelve he will have to watch one race only from his team's garage. The same fate threatens Jules Bianchi, who has earned another more than Maldonado. “I don’t know if anyone will actually be able to score twelve points, but if they already have four after three races, they will soon be able to score twelve as well,” Adrian Sutil said. The most serious incident in which penalty points were awarded was committed by Maldonado in Bahrain, where he collided with Esteban Gutierrez, who overturned due to touching. Maldonado, however, also made an unusual mistake at a free practice in Shanghai. It's for a moment
Pastor Maldonado will start the next race five places lower than his qualifying achievement due to an accident. The Lotus racer collided with Esteban Gutierrez as he exited the pits, with Mexican Sauber overturner Maldonado serving a ten-second penalty during the race, and commissioners awarded him a five-place loss in the next race and three penalty points after the race. Gutierrez survived the accident without injury.
After Pastor Maldonado placed in a miserable 18th place in the US Grand Prix qualifiers, he blamed the team for the reason for his failure. This was supposed to resort to dirty tricks to make sure he failed. The Venezuelan hinted that the team had prepared tires for him with the wrong pressure, which prevented him from advancing to the second part of the qualifications, while his teammate Valtteri Bottas broke through among the top ten. In Williams, his allusions were discarded. “After the qualifiers, the racers are under the influence of adrenaline, so I’m not surprised by his statements,” commented Claire Williams, the team’s deputy chief, on Maldonado’s allegations. "We'll talk to the engineers together and find out what happened. But at Williams, I would never sabotage