Maldonado has been doing very well since switching to endurance racing. In the WEC he’s had a number of podiums, pole positions, and a win at a snowy Spa. At the start of the year, he also won his class in the Daytona 24 Hours, but his hopes of adding a Le Mans class win were ended early on Sunday morning.

At the start of the 17th hour, Maldonado lost it going through the fast Tertre Rouge corner and ended up in the barriers. Pastor was fine but the car wasn’t – having been in contention for a podium, Maldonado and teammates Roberto Gonzalez and Anthony Davidson were out.

It’s easy to laugh, but this sort of thing can happen to anyone at Le Mans, especially at this sort of stage when the track is dirty, drivers are tired and conditions are changing.

Hopefully, he’ll be back for future WEC seasons, because Maldonado the LMP2 driver seems to have taken all the good bits of Maldonado the F1 driver, leaving the wildness behind.