Maldonado confident that the worst is behind Lotus in 2014
Pastor Maldonado is confident that Lotus has seen off the worst of the storm following a difficult start to the 2014 Formula 1 season.
The Venezuelan driver has failed to score any points in the first eleven races of the season, whilst teammate Romain Grosjean has only finished in the top ten on two occasions. This has left Lotus down in eighth place in the constructors’ championship – a far cry from its 2013 form that saw Kimi Raikkonen claim one race win en route to fifth in the drivers’ standings.
After some financial problems and a difficult birth of the E22 car, Lotus appears to be more stable now than it was at the beginning of the year, and Maldonado is looking forward to the start of the run-in at Spa next weekend.
“It has been a very hard season and one in which there have been lots of issues,” Maldonado conceded. “But now that is behind us and we have to believe that we can get some points on the board and complete the season strongly.
“That way it will give some good momentum to start afresh in 2015 with a whole new exciting package.”
F1 is set to enjoy eight races over the next fourteen weekends, and Maldonado has set his sights on scoring points before the season is out, having only finished as high as 12th so far this season.
“It would be difficult to give a clear aim other than improvement and fighting for points every race,” he said. “We have seen flashes of big promise from the E22. If everything is running right and the team continues to push then we can get more points for sure.
“As a team we will stay together with a clear mission to achieve the maximum. That way we will come back stronger and become a force in 2015. But first we are hungrier than ever to get back in to the mix for points again in 2014.”
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