Pastor Maldonado failed to score points on another race weekend after only being able to finish 13th in Hungary.
Failure to make it into the top ten means the Williams driver has now not scored points for six races following his victory at the Spanish Grand Prix in May.
The Venezuelan also came under fire from the stewards yet again after colliding with the Force India of Paul Di Resta. His actions resulted in a drive through penalty that he feels cost him dearly.
“It was a difficult race today,” Maldonado said. “I had a bad start and lost a lot of positions which compromised our race from the beginning.
“It was hard to keep good pace in the traffic and then we also had to serve a drive-through penalty. I was on the limit racing Di Resta when I locked the brakes and lost some grip, but I was on the inside of the corner and so there was some light contact.”
Maldonado added that data collection was a priority in the race and has reinforced the team's desire to improve for the remainder of the season.
“We had to concentrate on tyre management today and we gathered a lot of information for the future,” he said. “We weren't as competitive as we have been, but we now need to work hard to focus on the second part of the season after the summer break.”
by Dan Connor