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Pastor Maldonado will race at Bahrain Formula One test preview

Pastor Maldonado will race at Bahrain Formula One test preview

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on February 18, 2014

As the only team to miss the Jerez test completely, Lotus gave their new Renault-powered car - the E22 - a belated shakedown during a filming day in Spain last week, where it reportedly ran without any major problems. That will have provided a welcome boost for the Enstone team who will be anxious to make up for lost ground in Bahrain, especially as fellow Renault runners Red Bull, Caterham and Toro Rosso all faced power unit related setbacks in Spain.

Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean will split driving duties equally - the Frenchman behind the wheel on days one and two; the Venezuelan on days three and four. There will be plenty of work for them to get through, but will the car stay reliable? If it does, missing the Jerez test might not be as costly as many feared. 

The Jerez test was nothing short of a disaster for Red Bull with the four-time world champions completing a paltry 21 laps in four days. Whilst that was partially down to glitches associated with Renault’s power unit (which also hampered Caterham and Toro Rosso in Spain), Red Bull's chief technical officer Adrian Newey has admitted that the team’s biggest problem was of their own doing: the exhaust setting fire to bodywork at the rear of the car. 

Whilst Renault’s three teams were limited to just 151 laps over four days of testing in Spain, the Mercedes- and Ferrari-powered teams made more encouraging starts to the V6 turbo era, clocking a combined 875 and 444 laps respectively.

Pirelli’s 2014 tyres, which feature new compounds and constructions, are expected to get a more representative work out in Bahrain. The first test in Spain took place in cool conditions on a circuit that is notoriously abrasive, whilst temperatures in Sakhir will be warmer and the track is smoother. 

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