Manuel Maldonado has revealed his feelings after an unsuccessful 24 Hours of Le Mans race for United Autosports.
This year’s event at Circuit de la Sarthe is the one to forget for United Autosports – no.23 and no.32 cars had a big contact during the race. The no.32 car ended the race after it, while the no.23 car spent a lot of time in the garage and lost all chances to fight for the win. Maldonado, who has been involved in that incident in the no.32 car, felt bad about it.
“I’m obviously devastated with how the race ended. I’m very sorry to the team and my teammates who have put so much work into this race,” he said.
“Before that, we were running well, and Nico [Jamin] and Jonathan [Aberdein] had begun making their way back through the pack so we were looking good. Hopefully, I can come back and take on another Le Mans 24 Hours. It’s such an awesome event to be involved with.”
Paul di Resta from the no.23 team reflected on the race week in Le Mans: “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster week. We had a very strong car and made it through to the Hyperpole qualifying which I think was a big job.
“It was then obviously a chaotic start with the rain, and it was very unfortunate what happened with Manuel making the mistake he made which t-boned me and ruined their chances of finishing the race.
“We were quite high up at that point and were taking a very cautious approach from 10:00 o’clock to 6:00 o’clock in the night, but we had that fighting spirit and powered our way back to fourth. I think you can say a job very well done but off the back of our win last year it is a disappointing result.”
Another United Autosports car, the no.22, was also hit with a big issue – it spent a lot of time in the garage due to the alternator problem. One of the drivers, Filipe Albuquerque, admitted that it was a disappointing race.
“It was an unfortunate race. Hard for everyone in the beginning with the rain. We managed to survive for the good stint we had in the dry. Unfortunately, when we were chasing the leaders, we had an issue,” he commented.
“It’s frustrating but it’s like that at Le Mans. I think without that we were definitely on the strike for the win. It is what it is. We were the winners last year. This year we were not, but we will come back.”