Fuel consumption error forces Maldonado out of qualifying

Fuel consumption error forces Maldonado out of qualifying

A lack of fuel was responsible for Pastor Maldonado’s early exit from qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

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Maldonado, third in the wet final practice session, had comfortably progressed into the second part of qualifying along with his Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean, but was forced to stop his car out on track in the dying moments of Q2 after a fuel consumption miscalculation on the part of engine supplier Renault Sport.

“We had a lack of fuel during the second qualifying session which meant I had to stop the car out on track,” explained the Venezulean. “The team are investigating to find out what happened as otherwise the car felt good and we had a strong opportunity to be in the top ten.

Despite the error, the 29-year-old was full of praise for his Lotus E22 car, noting that it was a shame not to qualify further up the grid, something he believe could have been possible, if not for the fuel issue.

“The pace was certainly there this morning and the car was doing what I wanted it to do,” he added. “We had a good strategy through the difficult weather conditions today so naturally I’m a bit disappointed with where we ended up on the grid.

“Now the focus is to get the best result possible in tomorrow’s race.”

Image courtesy of  Octane Photographic

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.