Lotus believe Pastor Maldonado’s retirement was triggered by heavy contact with the kerbs at Spa-Francorchamps.
Nico Rosberg was quickest as Formula One returned to action at Spa-Francorchamps but the first practice session was disrupted by a crash for Pastor Maldonado.
Pastor Maldonado tries out a specially modified Lotus F1 car in a publicity shoot for a new Mad Max film earlier this year.
Pastor Maldonado picked up more penalty points after being penalised by the stewards on three separate occasions during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Pastor Maldonado said he was encouraged by the performance of his Lotus before his race was compromised by contact with team mate Romain Grosjean.
Pastor Maldonado has eight penalty points on his licence following the Malaysian Grand Prix, the highest total any driver has reached.
A fan with a great viewing spot for the first race of the season captured this extraordinary video of Pastor Maldonado crashing out of the Australian Grand Prix.
Pastor Maldonado’s crash which ended Lotus’s participation in the final pre-season test of 2015 was caused by a “braking-related issue”.
The final pre-season test of 2015 concluded with Williams setting the fastest time at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Pastor Maldonado lowered the fastest time of this week’s test at Barcelona to a 1’24.348 to head today’s session for Lotus.
Pastor Maldonado put Lotus on top of the time sheets as testing resumed but Felipe Nasr and Susie Wolff lost running after colliding with each other.
A gearbox change means a penalty for Nico Hulkenberg, while Pastor Maldonado is the first driver to fall victim to a new rule.
Pastor Maldonado is set to become the second driver this year to receive a penalty for using a sixth engine component.
Lewis Hamilton was quickest in the second practice session which was disrupted after Pastor Maldonado crashed.
Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has described Pastor Maldonado’s deal to continue driving for the team next year as “a renewal of vows”.
Pastor Maldonado will continue to drive for Lotus next year, the team have confirmed.
Esteban Gutierrez will have another grid penalty for the next round of the championship following his collision with Pastor Maldonado.
Pastor Maldonado has been excluded from the results of qualifying for the British Grand Prix after his car was found to have too little fuel on board.
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Pastor Maldonado has been given a reprimand for failing to reattach the steering wheel on his Lotus after he stopped during qualifying.