Pastor Maldonado says he was 'very unlucky' to strike the wall during first free practice of the Belgian Grand Prix, but insists he has already moved on.
The Venezuelan comes to Spa-Francorchamps under pressure to prove his consistency to Lotus after a dismal Hungarian Grand Prix that saw him pick up three penalties during the race.
Returning to the cockpit for FP1, Maldonado's fortunes didn't improve when he spun on the exit of Les Combes, crossed the track and collected the barrier on the inside, causing significant damage to his car.
Insisting the kerb he spun on was slippery, Maldonado maintains he was unlucky to then go on and strike the barrier.
“I just lost the car in the middle of the corner and when I took the kerb it was very slippery and I completely left the track. I nearly saved the car but it's an area which is very, very narrow - not enough space - and I touched the barrier.”
“It was very unlucky because I nearly saved the car. But anyway, it happened. This track is always very difficult when you have a moment or whatever, especially at that point, the second sector is quite narrow.
Asked whether this is frustrating in the wake of his Hungary performance, he maintains he is simply keeping a focus forward.
“It can happen. Now we can't change anything so we just need to look forward. We have had problems in the past and we have always been positive and moving forward. The team is working, we are working, so there is no problem at all.”