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Pastor Maldonado Must Prove He Can Lead Lotus Ahead of Romain Grosjean Departure

Stuck in 18th place as his rookie team-mate topped Q1 at the 2013 United States Grand Prix, Pastor Maldonado had seen more than enough. In the knowledge that he would be leaving the team at the end of the season, the Venezuelan spent much of the race week mocking his employers, telling BBC Sport's Andrew Benson how he was "happy" to walk away and claiming he "delivered more to the team" than they ever did to him during their three-year partnership. But away from the microphones and in his natural habitat, the cockpit of a Formula One car, it was Maldonado who again failed to deliver. While Valtteri Bottas produced the most impressive performance of his debut campaign to ultimately qualify ninth at the Circuit of the Americas, Mal...

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