The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is largely made up of long straights and slow chicanes, which he believes will disadvantage the Enstone-based outfit as the E22 has typically struggled in low-speed corners and with straight-line speed.
Lotus suffered a disastrous start to the 2014 season but has made considerable steps forward since the first race in Australia. Maldonado’s team-mate Romain Grosjean finished eighth in both Spain and Monaco, but the Venezuelan has yet to score a point.
“It could be a difficult weekend for the team, for sure,” he said. “We are not expecting to be at the top, simply because of the type of track and how we understand our car and its performance strengths and weaknesses.
“It’s not very aggressive on the tyres either, so we’ll see how it is when we head out to track. Anything can happen and our guys are all working very hard to adapt the car to find more traction in the slow corners and squeeze out some more top speed.”
He added: “We need to work very hard in the low-speed corners. In medium and high-speed corners, such as at Barcelona, we were very competitive.
“It was only in the last sector in Spain that we were losing a little bit against the other teams because it is the slow part of the circuit. Top speed and slow corners are probably the weakest points of our car now.”
Maldonado is hoping for a trouble-free weekend and is looking to leave Montreal after the race with his first points of the season.
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