Lotus F1 E23 Hybrid Pastor Maldonado 2015 1:43 Scale Diecast Car by Minichamps

 Lotus F1 E23 Hybrid Pastor Maldonado 2015 1:43 Scale Diecast Car

Lotus F1 E23 Hybrid Pastor Maldonado 2015 1:43 Scale Diecast Car

Pastor Rafael Maldonado Motta is a Venezuelan racing driver, who competed in Formula One for the Williams and Lotus teams from 2011 to 2015.
Before entering Formula One, he won the 2010 GP2 Series championship. He became the first Venezuelan to win a Formula One Grand Prix when he won the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, for Williams, from his first pole position. He has sometimes created controversy for his erratic driving style, having caused several accidents throughout his career. His sponsor was PDVSA (Venezuelan government-operated oil company).
The Lotus E23 Hybrid is a Formula One racing car which Lotus used to compete in the 2015 Formula One season. It was driven by Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. This was the team’s only car to use Mercedes engines, after a 20-year partnership with Renault.
Images of the 2015 car were released on 26 January 2015. The car was considered an improvement compared to the disastrous Lotus E22 which suffered from reliability issues and struggling for competitiveness due to the underpowered and unreliable Renault power unit and the fundamental flaws of the E22 chassis. However, both driver errors and unreliability cost the team points finishes in many races, limiting the car’s potential of consistent points scoring. Maldonado retired in 5 out of the first 6 races either due to collisions or car problems. Grosjean and Maldonado collided with each other, in Spain and Britain. A highlight of the season however was Grosjean’s podium finish in Belgium. Lotus ended its last season with 78 points and a 6th place in the World Constructors’ Championship, before its buyout from Renault Sport.

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