Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 14 May 2014. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus E22 Renault. World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _SBL0173

has had a rough start to the 2014 season, but was fastest during Wednesday’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado and Lotus set the fastest time on the second and final day of the Barcelona test, but the big story of the day was the appearance of the ‘noise trumpet’ on the back of the Mercedes. Unfortunately it’s a case of back to the drawing board as the ungainly looking device failed to have much of an impact.

After his frustrating race weekend Maldonado used Pirelli’s supersoft tires to set his time and, more importantly, he completed 102 laps and finally had a chance to get to grips with the E22.

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