Pastor Maldonado is hoping to be able to conjure familiar performance at the next stop on the F1 schedule after being thwarted in his quest for points in Bahrain.

The Venezuelan famously held off Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen to claim an unexpected Spanish Grand Prix victory in 2012, and says that he enjoys the Circuit de Catalunya despite not adding further scoring finishes there, but will need to break the top ten next month if he is to open his 2015 account after another frustrating outing in Bahrain at the weekend.

Having failed to progress beyond the first phase of qualifying, Maldonado was due to start from 16th on the grid, but later served a five-second pit-stop penalty for lining up in the wrong slot... After a wayward couple of laps, a collision with the rear of Felipe Massa's Williams left the Brazilian with diffuser damage before Maldonado ran into problems of his own as the engine kill system activated as his Lotus was entering the pits for his final stop.

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The subsequent reset and restart process cost the Venezuelan considerable time and track position, dropping him from seventh at the time of his stop to 15th at the chequered flag.

"That was a frustrating race for me," he admitted, "I pushed as hard as possible at the start on the medium tyres whilst everyone around me was on the grippier soft compound rubber and, once I moved to the soft tyres, I was able to set the race's then fastest lap, so things looked good with our strategy.

"Unfortunately the engine kill triggered when I came in to make my final pit-stop, which cost me a lot of time. It's frustrating as we should have finished strongly, so my focus is now Barcelona where I've delivered very strongly in the past."

Trackside operations director Alan Permane conceded that, without the problem, Maldonado probably could have joined team-mate Romain Grosjean in the top ten.

"We ran with a different strategy to most of the field, with a three-stop strategy, starting on the harder medium compound Pirellis," he explained, "This looked to be working very well and Pastor should have finished around the same position as Romain, however a five-second pit-stop penalty and the engine-kill activating when he entered the pits extinguished any opportunity of a strong result."