Pastor Maldonado remains confident he will be challenging for points in the Bahrain Grand Prix despite power issues consigning him to an early exit in qualifying.

Maldonado had been one of the more consistent performers during free practice, the Venezuelan consistently inside the top ten and seemingly a strong bet for a Q3 appearance.

However, he would report a lack of power from the Lotus during his Q1 run, leaving him 16th on the timesheets and out of the running at the first hurdle.

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Despite this, Maldonado believes he has a fast car in race trim and is confident he will make progress towards the top ten.

"It is frustrating. We lost qualifying but we can recover. We have all the tyres available, we have very good pace and I think this weekend we have been very close to Williams.

"It was maybe possible to beat one in qualifying and have a chance to compete in the race as the race pace is better than the qualifying pace for us.

"We are not far away from the points. It is a long race and we can recover. It will be a full attack race, we have all the tools to be very strong."