Maldonado: F1 can be that way

Friday 28-February-2014 15:34

Despite Lotus losing out to Williams in pre-season testing, Pastor Maldonado says it is "too early to say anything" about form.

Maldonado was in action at the Sakhir circuit on Friday where he managed just 31 laps in his E22 compared to the 103 Felipe Massa wracked up in his Williams.

Added to that, while Massa was fourth on the timesheets, 0.937s off the pace, Maldonado was the second slowest driver, 6.043s down.

But despite Lotus' pre-season not going quite according to plan, prompting bookies to extend the team's odds of winning the Championship, Maldonado says he doesn't regret his decision.

"Formula One can be that way," he told the official F1 website when asked if he had jumped 'out of the frying pan and into the fire'. "You never know - especially not this year.

"Look at Red Bull: they've been winning everything for four years, and where are they now? So it is too early to say anything.

"Work is the answer. It is true that we have some issues with the engine, but I have a lot of trust in Renault.

"They have been winning so many races in recent years - you don't lose that from one moment to the next. So we have to see that we are ready for the first race - and then let's see."

Pressed as to whether he was concerned about the lack of running the Renault-powered teams are doing compared to their rivals, Maldonado, who is a long shot with Paddy Power for the title, said: "We need to work and see.

"For sure, right now the Mercedes engine seems to be the quickest and most reliable one, but look at Ferrari: they too don't run issue-free.

"It has been said many times before: the technology is very complicated.

"Right now we are in a phase where anything can happen. We have to be quiet and focus on our own problems rather than worrying about what others are doing and their lap times."

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