Maldonado: Verstappen incident "scary"

Pastor Maldonado admitted that the spectacular moment he had on the pit straight while chasing Max Verstappen in the Austrian Grand Prix was "scary", and says that it was triggered by a loss of downforce as the DRS was open.

The Lotus driver got crossed up when running behind Verstappen, but he managed to hang on to the car and went on to finish ahead of the Dutchman in seventh place.

"For sure it was a bit scary," he told Motorsport.com. "It was before the braking point, so I managed to recover the car in the best way.

"I had the DRS open, and because of the DRS, I lost the car.

"It was difficult. Following a car here is always tricky, it's a fast track, and it's very easy to lose control of the car. I was trying to do my best, I was quicker than him, he was making a lot of mistakes.

"I was just following and waiting for the right moment."

Maldonado's race was made harder by a problem off the line, which him cost several positions.

"I nearly stalled, the anti-stall came in. I think it was a clutch issue. We were not able to do practice starts at the end of the pitlane, and on Saturday it was raining, and I think because of that we had a problem.

"I lost three places and they were very tough to recover. That compromised a little bit our final result, because from the strategy point of view we were looking at P5 or P6. That was possible. Our pace indicated that the possibility was there, but we recovered quite well."

After a disastrous start to the season the Venezuelan has now finished seventh in the last two races.

"It's good points for the team, good points for me. I hope to continue like this. I think we can be ahead of Force India, for sure. This race it happened what happened, but we've been quite solid through the weekend, apart from Q2, I just missed it in the last corner and I lost time.

"We just need to keep pushing, keep focussed, and the team is very happy."

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Series Formula 1
Event Austrian GP
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Pastor Maldonado
Teams Lotus F1 Team
Article type Breaking news