F1's new female signing has hit back at her harshest critics.
Pastor Maldonado: "My braking was compromised coming into turn four, meaning I went off the track and hit the barriers."
Romain Grosjean: "I can’t wait to for the season to start."
Pastor Maldonado: "I still feel fresh after 140 laps!"
Romain Grosjean completed 75 laps over the course of a programme of set-up evaluations and performance simulations.
Pastor Maldonado’s quickest lap was a 1min 24.348secs, completed during the course of his 104 laps.
Positive first day for Briton in his new F1 test-driver role, but he wants to race something in 2015 too.
Jolyon Palmer had his first taste of the Lotus F1 Team E23 Hybrid in his role as Third and Reserve Driver today.
Pastor Maldonado: "It is always good to see your name at the top of the timing monitors..."
Pastor Maldonado completed the car’s first day of running and will remain in the car for tomorrow’s programme.
Belated start for new Mercedes-powered machine after car is flown to Jerez testing.