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Maldonado admits to 'trying too hard'

Thursday 22nd May 2014

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Maldonado admits to 'trying too hard'

Maldonado admits to 'trying too hard'

Pastor Maldonado concedes Lotus' tardy start to the season has impacted his own form, resulting in too many mistakes.

Lotus had a dismal pre-season, completing the least laps of any team. As such, when it came down to racing, new signing Maldonado was very much on the back foot.

And although Lotus have begun to improve, those early season reliability troubles meant Maldonado was lacking in track time in the car, which resulted in mistakes of his own.

"I said that I had a pretty good day with the team [at the test] because maybe I hadn't before," he revealed.

"I went 'blank' to race with a car I didn't know very well. Only a couple of laps but the engine was progressing a lot so every time it was a new car.

"It was never easy. I did some mistakes, I accept that - I always accept my mistakes. For sure, we are looking forward to improve, to deliver my best as always.

"It's quite busy in the car with all the switches or whatever you want to call them...buttons or setting changes. Maybe this is affecting a little bit but this is the same for everyone.

"It's not an ideal situation but it's what we have at the moment and we need to learn from the mistakes and try to improve."

The 29-year-old added that he was "maybe trying too hard. At the same time, maybe we're not 100 per cent with the car, the car was not doing what I wanted."

Pressed as to his reputation as a driver who crashes, he joked: "At least someone is talking.

"It's okay. I don't use [social media] a lot. I'm used to having a lot of criticism. It's normal. It's normal when you come from South America, when you have a country pushing very hard in your back.

"It's normal when they're used to seeing you at the top in the lower categories and here in Formula 1 you are not competitive to fight for the team or the championship just because of all the conditions - the car's different or whatever.

"It's okay. We live in a free world so everyone can say whatever."

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