Pastor Maldonado's hopes of getting himself off the mark for the first time in 2015 came to another frustrating conclusion after contact with Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean left him with rear-wing damage.

The Venezuelan, who has hit problems from points' scoring positions in the previous two races, was in fine form early on as he battled up to seventh place, but in doing so, a move around the outside of turn three to pass Grosjean - who had run wide in turn two - would see the pair make contact.

Causing damage to the rear-wing structure, Maldonado was still able to lap well, but he was forced to make an additional stop to remove the flapping bodywork as a safety precaution. With Maldonado dropping down the order and still some concerns about safety, Lotus opted to retire him, much to his frustration.

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"We were having a pretty great race at the start and our strategy was working well but then the damage to my car meant that I had to make an extra stop and my race was completely compromised.

"For sure, we have the pace in the car and in every race we have shown the potential to be in the points so it's only a matter of time before we get a good result; I'm looking forward to Monaco."