Maldonado aiming to end points drought

By on Friday, April 11, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado is aiming to end his points drought at next weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

The Venezuelan driver has not finished a Formula 1 race inside the top 10 since July last year but having completed his first race distance for Lotus in Bahrain, Maldonado is hoping to score a point, even if he admits the characteristics of the Shanghai circuit will not make it easy.

"It could be a bit tricky for us as we aren’t the quickest on long straights at the moment, so we will have to see how we can work on making gains in the corners," he said.

"This will be the challenge for us. There is a mix of fast and medium speed corners where we need good downforce."

"The target is to score points and I think that it is possible to make steps forwards, especially in qualifying. The race pace is not bad but we need to start higher on the grid. If we start in the top 10 it will be easier for us to fight for good points."

Maldonado heads to next weekend's race with a five place grid penalty - and three points on his super license - as a result for colliding with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez in Bahrain.

The Mexican's car was flipped and he was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, but Maldonado insists that the pair have made contact and drawn a line under the accident.

"We have been in touch," he said. "I think it was a misunderstanding from both sides. He was out of line in the entry of the corner and I was completely committed to the corner. He said that he didn’t see me, and I didn’t expect him to turn in."


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