Maldonado optimistic E22 will suit the Red Bull Ring

Maldonado optimistic E22 will suit the Red Bull Ring

Pastor Maldonado says he is optimistic that the Red Bull Ring – the venue for the next round on the 2014 Formula 1 calendar – will suit the Lotus E22.0978LB1D3292

The Venezuelan driver retired from the last race in Canada with a power-unit problem and felt that he could have scored his first points of the season.

However, he is – like his team-mate – feeling positive ahead of Formula 1’s return to Austria and believes the Enstone-based outfit’s 2014 car should be more competitive at the track.

“I think it should be quite good for the E22,” he said. “It looks like the circuit doesn’t have too many low speed corners and the downforce and set-up is similar to Barcelona, which should help us.

“We will work hard to solve the problems we had in Canada so that we can reach our targets in Austria. I’m certainly optimistic Austria will suit us better than the last two rounds.”

When asked how his morale is after a difficult start to his career at Lotus, he replied: “I am very motivated. I think we have some good weekends ahead of us and there are still so many races to go. The European part of the season is very important for us, so let’s push hard, do our best and for sure we will be in the points soon.”

Maldonado has not raced at the Red Bull Ring in 10 years but is looking forward to returning to the circuit. “It was in Formula Renault and I finished on the podium. Actually I think I won, but I don’t remember to be honest,” he explained.

“It’s a high downforce track. Most of the corners are very quick, especially in the second sector. It’s a lot of fun to race there and I’m happy to be going back.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.