Pastor Maldonado calls his failure to score points in the Mexican GP a disappointment after feeling he had a strong race which deserved more.

The Lotus driver agonisingly missed out on the final points-paying position to his team-mate Romain Grosjean after failing to find a way past the Frenchman in the final few laps.

The result ended the Venezuelan's run of three consecutive points finishes - his best in his F1 career - and felt he lost the opportunity to pass his team-mate because of the track conditions and traffic from slower cars.

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"Our race was pretty good and it was great to cross the finish line to so many cheers and still pushing hard to pass Romain, though I would have preferred to be in front," Maldonado said. "I expected to struggle more with the brakes today, but everything was under control, so I'm disappointed not to be in the points after what was a strong race from us.

"I made a good start, but we lost time at the first pit stop. It was pretty tough at the end trying to overtake; I was a few tenths faster than Romain but it is tough to pass here. I missed a braking point at turn 12 late on, but my battle to beat him was lost in through traffic in the pits."

Maldonado's pointless finish also means Lotus lost vital ground to Force India in the fight for fifth place in the F1 World Constructors' championship which provides a bigger share of the all-important prize money at the end of the season.