Engine-Related Problem Cuts Short Korean Grand Prix for Maldonado


Pastor Maldonado before he retired from the Korean Grand Prix - Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic
Pastor Maldonado before he retired from the Korean Grand Prix - Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic

 

Pastor Maldonado was forced to retire from the Korean Grand Prix today after his team detected a terminal engine-related problem and called the Venezuelan into the garage.

However, the 26-year-old still managed to have an eventful race in Yeongam, picking up a drive-through penalty for a late entry into the pit lane.

“I had a good start and my pace was looking ok,” said Maldonado. “Unfortunately, I made a mistake coming into the pits which cost me a drive through penalty. My race ended when the team spotted a problem with the engine and I had to retire. Not a great weekend, but I'll now shift my focus to a better result in India.”

Williams team-mate Rubens Barrichello did get to the end of the race, finishing twelfth. “Our pace was good today and I was able to fight with quicker cars,” said the Brazilian. “Once again the safety car didn't go my way and that cost me positions. Having said that, I still enjoyed the race and I had fun overtaking. It's just a pity we didn't score.”