Maldonado sure Lotus can fight for podium

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado says that Lotus can fight for the podium 'very soon' as they attempt to get on top of the problems affecting the E22.

Maldonado started from the back row of the grid in Australia and retired with an MGU-K problem but he says he is boosted by the progress made by Lotus across the weekend.

"We made clear improvements during the weekend," he said. "The team has shown it is ready to do whatever it takes. This is good because my philosophy to racing is the same and I will do whatever it takes as well. Now we can go through the data and improve step-by-step.

"It is a long season and we need to be positive because we saw one Renault-engined car finish on the podium after the race. So we know our engine can fight for the podium and now we need to work harder than the other teams. This gives us a lot of motivation going forward.

"Australia was obviously a very disappointing weekend, but if you look at the positives we did more laps than in the pre-season which is quite encouraging as we have more data which is very important for making progress. We had a very negative free practice but we did plenty of laps during the race which is very constructive for the team. It shows that we’ll keep pushing and the hard work will eventually pay off."

The Venezuelan driver insists that Lotus can turn the E22 into a podium contender.

"The E22 has a lot of potential and is feeling better to drive every time we go out," he said.

"We’ve had a lot of initial issues with the car, but this has been the same up and down the pit lane. I’m impressed every time I look at the packaging of the car and I know that the work going on at Enstone and with Renault will make the E22 into a podium contender very soon indeed."


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