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Too early to panic - Maldonado

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Pastor Maldonado had limited time behind the wheel of the E22 on his first day in Bahrain © Sutton Images

Despite another frustrating day of testing in Bahrain Pastor Maldonado is adamant it is far too early for Lotus to push the panic button.

Maldonado got behind the wheel for the first time at a proper test day on Friday, recording 26 laps, although his day included two stoppages on track as the E22 struggled with gearbox problems. Having missed the Jerez test Lotus need a strong final day on Saturday to ensure it is on track to race in Australia, but Maldonado has called on his team to stay calm.

"I think it's quite early to say something," he said. "We are working; I think we have had a better day than some of the other teams in the first couple of days. Everything is new so we have to work, I am not worried about the problems we have had, they are problems everyone can have. I think it's not only difficult for me but it's difficult for everyone. We are trying to adapt ourselves to the new situation. It requires a new and different style, you need to adapt yourself. But this is Formula One and it's ok to get used to things very quickly."

Lotus spent more time in the garage than on track for the third day in a row on Friday but Maldonado insists that did not prevent the team from making progress.

"We had some small problems around that we are fixing and working around, and I hope to have more laps [on Saturday]. I think the last two days we were not at the top in terms of doing a lot of laps in the track but we are learning from the car at the same time. The team is learning from the team as well, trying new things. We are learning a lot I think, these three days have been very productive."

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