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Left behind - Maldonado misses out on Monaco opportunities

Published by Christine

Maldonado misses out on Monaco opportunities
Glenn Dunbar/Lotus F1 Team

For the first time in two races, Pastor Maldonado managed to qualify for the Sunday action without needing special permission from the stewards. It wasn't a particularly high grid slot for the Lotus driver in Monaco, but the chaotic race allowed for plenty of opportunities for improvement. Unfortunately for the Venezuelan, his car stalled on the grid and he was unable to start.

After being pushed back into the pit lane, the mechanics hustled to try and send him out but they couldn't get the car going. Afterwards, Maldonado said: "The engine switched off after 30 seconds. When we did out laps to the grid the car and the power unit were working well. We need to work to find out what the problem was. It is disappointing and I was expecting a solid race, we had a good strategy in place, I love this circuit where I have been competitive in the past."

It's particularly disappointing for the team, knowing that the two drivers pictured with Maldonado on the driver's parade, Felipe Massa and Jules Bianchi, both would have started behind him on the grid and both finished in the points against the odds. Monaco is all about luck, and unfortunately for Pastor, it wasn't with him this weekend.