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Canadian GP: Pastor Maldonado given reprimand by stewards

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Canadian GP 2014, Montreal

Pastor Maldonado has been reprimanded for failing to leave his steering wheel in his Lotus Formula 1 car after it stopped in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Venezuelan came to a halt during Q1 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a suspected car problem.

But having not put the steering wheel back in his Lotus - as required by the rules - after he climbed out, Maldonado was summoned to see the stewards.

"I didn't leave the steering wheel in. I just forgot," said the Venezuelan.

In the end it was decided that he would be given a reprimand, which is his first of the season.

A statement issued by the stewards said: "The stewards noted that the car was not left in a dangerous position on the track and therefore a reprimand was appropriate."

Maldonado was convinced his car had the pace to be in Q2.

"We knew we were not in the position to fight for the top 10 in qualifying here. We try to compensate for the lack of power but our car is not really good in the very slow speed corners.

"I think Q2 was possible looking at the pace we had yesterday and this morning, but not for Q3."

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