Pastor Maldonado completed the final day of the first of two four-day tests at the Bahrain International Circuit with 59 timed laps completed and a best lap time of 1min 38.707secs.

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus F1 E21
Pastor Maldonado, Lotus F1 E21

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Pastor Maldonado: “We gained a lot more laps today and it was good for me to get time in the car. There was a lot of work with different settings, aero runs and similar which meant there was quite a lot to think about, but I think it all went well. The car was much more reliable which has helped with our work and hopefully it’s a good sign for next week.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “Today was much better for us and we’ve been able to go through a lot of different aero assessments as well as mapping and settings work with the new drivetrain. We did have a few glitches which stopped us but these were quickly rectified. We’re still very early on in our understanding of this car and we clearly have a lot of work to do, but today has been our most productive day so far.”

Fast Facts:

Track: Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 5.4km
Chassis: E22-01
Weather: Sunny and cloudy ambient 20-27°C, track 21-33°C
Programme: Aero assessment, drivetrain mapping and settings work.
Laps Completed: 59
Classification: P5, 1:38.707
Interruptions: Software and electronic resets.

Pastor Maldonado will drive for the first two days of the next test at Bahrain International Circuit, commencing on February 27.

Lotus F1 Team