Thursday, April 24, 2014

Maldonado's Maladies Continue...

Having not watched the Bahrain GP, I missed out upon Pastor Maldonado's collision with Esteban Gutierrez, which sent the Sauber driver barrel rolling down the racetrack - hence incurring the Race Stewards wrath  and landing the Venezuelan driver a five-place grid spot  penalty for the following race in Shanghai.

Yet Maldonado's weekend outing seemed to be Shanghaied from the start, as the Venezuelan driver inexplicably drove straight off track during Friday practice when the camera's reportedly showed his head down staring at the steering wheel whilst going straight off! NO word on whether or not the Venezuelan was texting the Renault Pits for French Fries as soon as he "Boxed."

Then adding insult to injury was his E22 saying "PU!" Err le 'Reggie's V-6 Power Unit going POOF! As there'd be only 21-drivers participating in Saturday's Qualie' Q1 session, as Pastor's Lotus-Renault remained upon the high-stand jacks having its PU worked upon - making Maldonado's penalty pointless.

And whilst Lotus team leader Romain Grosjean brought some smiles to the beleaguered squad by qualifying the recalcitrant E22 in the Top-10 for the first time this season, the Frenchman unfortunately was forced to retire with Gearbox failure during the race, while Maldonado, who started dead last in P22 managed  to  finish the race in 14th - as the next race will be the Spanish Grand Prix, where Pastor won his lone race to date two years ago upon Sir Frank Williams 70th birthday weekend...

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