7th June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Pastor Maldonado was forced to retire from Q1 to protect his power unit after suffering a turbo intake issue.
The Lotus driver felt that without the issue he may have got through to Q2.
“We had a problem which meant that I was losing a lot of power on my last flying lap.” Maldonado said.
“The engineers asked me to stop the car immediately which was a shame as I think we would have been in a position to compete in Q2.”
After qualifying Maldonado received a reprimand for leaving ‘the car without the steering wheel being in place.’.
The stewards decided that the car hadn’t been left in a dangerous place and that a reprimand was an appropriate punishment. This is Maldonado’s first reprimand of the year.
Teammate Romain Grosjean, who qualified 14th, said the team were unable to overcome their speed deficit to their rivals on the straights to challenge for a better grid position.
“Qualifying was frustrating as we just missed out on gaining a couple of positions with another lap, but we wouldn’t have overcome our speed deficit down the straight.” he said.
“The race looks like it will be hot so tyre degradation could be an interesting aspect. The circuit is good and I like it as it's an intense lap where you have some tight moments in the car which always makes for a good race.”