Maldonado hoping for better reliability in Bahrain

By on Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus's Pastor Maldonado is targeting a problem-free weekend as he prepares for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Maldonado has endured a torrid start to the 2014 season as he retired from both races and has had limited running during free practice sessions due to reliability issues.

The Venezuelan driver believes that Lotus can unlock the potential of the E22, so long as he can compete some significant running.

"Good reliable laps in the car would be the starting point," he said of his hope for this weekend's event.

"This will allow us to understand the car’s performance and where we can improve it. It will allow me to give feedback to my engineers and understand the challenges of driving the latest generation car. We can also work on understanding the tyres better as they are different this year, and the tyres are always an area where performance gains can be made.

"Clearly reliability is still not 100 percent, partly because of our late testing debut with the car, but we have fixed many problems and that enables us to turn more attention to performance."

Despite his problems, Maldonado is confident that the E22 is a 'proper race car'.

"I had more than my fair share of unreliability in Malaysia, but every time we expose a problem it means we have something to fix and we take a step forwards," he said.

"There were good positives in Sepang. I did get some good laps and I can feel that the E22 is a proper race car. A race car that still needs quite a lot of work, but still a race car with great potential. We saw that [team-mate] Romain [Grosjean] completed a race distance, which is a great positive. We also saw our rivals having problems, showing that we are not alone with the challenges of these very different new cars."

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