Lotus F1 confirms that, brake-related problem caused Pastor Maldonado’s crash during the final day of pre-season testing at Barcelona.
The Venezuelan hit the side wall on the outer of the Turn 4 just after the lunch-break and this crash damaged front wing and front suspension of the E23, following Lotus decided to end the day.
Lotus F1 Technical Director Nick Chester confirmed that, a brake related trouble caused the incident, while he admires with successive two weeks of testing ahead of the first race of the season.
“Certainly ending the final pre-season test in the barriers was not part of our game plan, but overall we’ve had a productive two weeks here in Barcelona following on from our initial outing in Jerez,” he said.
“We now have a quick turn-around to get the car back to Enstone, then shipped out to Australia at the end of the week.”
“It was a pity we weren’t able to run any low fuel laps later in the day. We are looking forward to Melbourne where we will get a full picture of the relative pace of the E23.”
Maldonado little-bit disappointed following the crash, and he says it was a shame to end the day early, and also he expressed good reliability of E23 Hybrid.
“My braking was compromised coming into turn four, meaning I went off the track and hit the barriers,” said Pastor.
“I was able to brake and slow, just not as much as the maximum otherwise possible. The car was not too badly damaged and I am fine.”
“It was a shame to end the day early, but that was the only issue we’ve had like this during testing so we can look to the positive that we have a lot of information to take the car in the right direction,” he said.
“It’s a shame we had this issue as we would have been looking at running the softer tyres in the afternoon and putting in some fast laps. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car in Melbourne as I think we have good potential this season.”