Maldonado: Latest calamities not my fault

Pastor Maldonado says he is not frustrated by his run of misfortune this season, because he believes his latest woes have not been his fault.

Maldonado retired from the Italian Grand Prix after first-lap contact, and he was an early retirement at Spa after a heavy kerb strike effectively shut down the car.

The Lotus driver has only finished four times in 11 starts this year.

"It's not frustrating, this is racing," Maldonado told Motorsport.com. "It's nothing to do from my side.

"I've been limited by other incidents, people coming to me. Anyway, this is racing, and I'm looking forward.

"Just looking at the images [from Monza], one of the Saubers [Felipe Nasr] came into Romain [Grosjean] on the braking point.

"Romain, I think broke his right rear suspension. Because of that he came into Hulkenberg, and Hulkenberg jumped into me. We were side-by-side but the damage was in the front right, and that was it, nothing to do."

The Venezuelan remains upbeat about prospects for Singapore.

"It should be OK. We've been having good races, even in tough conditions, so hopefully we can recover some points that we lost."

He is also hoping that Lotus will have eventually have access to the upgraded Mercedes engine seen at Monza.

"That was impressive, wasn't it? That will help us."

 

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pastor Maldonado
Teams Lotus F1 Team
Article type Breaking news