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GP Week : Issue 225
The Hungarian Grand Prix was quite simply the worst performance of Pastor Maldonado's career. The Lotus driver caught the attentions of the stewards on no fewer than three ocassions, each one attracting a drive-through penalty. Maldonado sat out much of opening practice without tyres before being the slowest driver to set a time in the second phase of qualifying a whopping eight tenths off the back of Romain Grosjean in the sister car. " We didn't have as good a progression as we would have liked, especially with the red flag, and then I locked up in turn one which compromised my lap time," the Venezuelan explained after the session. "I don't think it's a position that is representative for us." Starting out of position, behind cars by rights he should have qualified ahead of, Maldonado's race relied entirely on him passing cars. Perhaps it was that knowledge that saw an exceptionally aggressive drive from the Venezuelan, one that ultimately netted him just 14th. "The Stewarts were certainly very strict today, very tough on driving with me and many other drivers," Maldonado said after the race. The Lotus driver tangled early with Sergio Perez, pitching the Force India driver into a spin. It was a deser ved penalty, Maldonado wound off the steering lock to try and force Perez off track, but the Mexican rightly held his nerve and his line. Maldonado's second penalty came after he was caught speeding in the pit lane, for which he was made to drive through for a second time. Two penalties, two driver errors. The third was when Maldonado passed before the safety car line at the restart, completing a rather unique hat-trick of driving offences which combine to make the Hungarian Grand Prix stand alone as easily the worst of Maldonado's Formula One career. 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> HUNGARY PARTNERS: Worst race ever