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Maldonado admits responsibility

Friday 18th April 2014

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Maldonado admits responsibility

Maldonado admits responsibility

Pastor Maldonado admits that crash that ended his running in Shanghai on Friday was entirely his fault.

Maldonado had an eventful start to his Chinese GP weekend as he struggled to stay on the track.

It was an inauspicious start for the Venezuelan who went off and spun on his very first lap when he was adjusting the dials on his steering wheel and not paying attention to the road.

A few spins and offs later, it ended in FP2 when he crashed his E22 into the wall at the entrance to the pits.

"I crashed, sorry," said it all.

He later admitted the accident it was completly hs fault.

"I made a mistake on the entry of the pit," he told Autosport.

As for his spin at the start of FP1, Maldonado said: "Too much to do on the outlaps. After the outlaps it's OK."

But despite his many moments, the Lotus driver believes his team has taken a step forward this weekend.

He said: "It's clear there is an improvement, not only from our side but also from the engine side.

"The car is better than in the previous race. I don't know how much, but we are quite confident.

"We had a lot of problems with driveability, especially exiting the corners, and now it's more clean.

"It's not that we changed many things in the car, it's that everything is working a bit better."

Maldonado will start Sunday's Chinese GP five places behind where he qualifies as he arrived in Shanghai with a penalty for crashing into Esteban Gutierrez at the previous race in Bahrain.

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