Pastor Maldonado made it two points scoring Grand Prix in a row as he finished eighth in the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom, while team-mate Romain Grosjean was thankfully unhurt in a high speed impact.
Romain had been unfortunate for much of the race, picking up a damaged front wing from contact with Sergio Perez on the opening lap.
Undeterred, following a quick pitstop for a new front wing and soft tyres, Romain fought back up the order.
Just 12 laps in, the Frenchman’s Grand Prix came to an end after high speed contact with the barriers prevented any further progress.
“I lost the rear end in a very high speed corner going through turn three and couldn’t recover it. We don’t know exactly why yet. We need to check what has happened – was it a driver error or something technical? - we’ll see,” he said. “I feel sorry for the guys because there will be a lot of work to repair the car.”
“I feel okay physically and I’ll certainly be a bit sore tomorrow morning, but I’ll be completely fine again after a couple of days.”
We lost some good points today but let’s understand what happened and look forward to the next race.”
While Romain was unable to continue his points scoring form, Pastor secured a second successive points haul.
Several drivers were caught up in accidents that aided Pastor’s charge from 14th on the grid, but the Venezuelan also battled hard to move through the order.
“It was a bit tough today but we opted for the right strategy from the beginning starting on the soft tyres and going longer on the first run,” he said. “Unfortunately we lost a lot of time on the second stint with the new super soft tyres.”
“Our car didn’t perform as expected at the beginning of the run but then after a few laps we started to get back into the rhythm.”
“We scored points today which is very positive for the team and hopefully we can continue to do so in the next races.”
Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi was pleased to see Romain in good spirits after his crash, and praised Pastor’s performance.
"The most important thing from today is that Romain’s okay after his crash,” he said. We were all very relieved when we saw him jump out of the car and he was his usual happy self when he came to the garage to tell everyone about what happened. Pastor had a solid race into the points from a less than ideal starting position so a good performance from him.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director, is keen to see the team score points again in the next round in Austin for the United States Grand Prix.
"We are looking at the data and speaking with Romain to ascertain what happened but obviously we’re glad all the safety measures did what they should. Pastor was able to make progress in a race that saw a reasonable amount of incidents.”
“Not our strongest weekend so we’ll be looking to do better in Austin."