Pastor Maldonado says he was battling a brake issue when he locked-up as he attempted to enter the pits during the Chinese Grand Prix.
Maldonado, who ran as high as seventh after strong start to the race, ran straight on at the pit entry during his second stop, dropping well outside of the points.
The Venezuelan, attempting to recover lost ground, battled with Jenson Button in the closing stages of the race, but suffered damage after he was rear-ended by the McLaren racer into Turn 1, forcing him to retire.
“I made a great start and we were running strongly early on however later I had a braking issue which made it harder to battle,” he said.
“We also have to understand why the brakes locked-up so easily coming into the pits. We lost a lot of time here and it compromised the rest of my race.
“It was a fantastic battle with Jenson and we were passing each other very cleanly; a good, fun, exciting battle.
“Unfortunately, it looks like he got his braking point wrong and went into the back of me. This can easily happen when you’re fighting for position, braking off-line and using DRS, so it’s just one of those things.
“Certainly our race pace is good, if we qualify a little higher we should be set for a very good time in Bahrain.”
Romain Grosjean scored his first points in nearly a year, and the team’s first of 2015 with a solid run to seventh.
“It’s the best we could do today and it’s satisfying to have achieved the team’s first points of the season,” he explained. “I’m proud of everyone at Enstone and at the track.
“It wasn’t an easy circuit for us, with a lot of front limited corners that we don’t particularly like, but we had a strong start, and most of the stints were good too.
“We’ve made a good job improving the car race after race and it’s great to finally score points. The next race could be promising too!”
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