Boullier: Lotus can fine-tune Maldonado
7 December 2013 – Lotus team boss Eric Boullier is confident that Pastor Maldonado's driving style can be fine-tuned over the course of the 2014 Formula 1 season.
Maldonado, 28, joins the Enstone-based outfit on the back of three campaigns with Williams, during which time he picked up a maiden victory but raised question marks over his consistency.
Looking ahead to their first campaign together, Boullier reckons the Venezuelan will be able to rise above the negativity and gradually prove his critics wrong.
"He's a friendly guy, he's a fast guy," Boullier told Sky Sports. "He won a race in Formula 1 and it was on merit - it was not gained from some lottery.
"I think we just need to make sure he can keep his focus - actually similar issues we had with Romain [Grosjean] last year - keep his focus on-track.
"I'm sure that with the proper support and team around him, we can do something nice with Pastor."
He added: "Maybe there is still some fine-tuning to do with him. And I think one the most important parts, having talked to him already, is obviously feeling the support of the team behind him."
Although Maldonado's arrival comes with significant financial backing, Boullier went on to explain that Lotus is still attempting to complete a deal with Quantum Motorsports, which first stated its intention to purchase a 35 percent stake in the team in June.
"We are still confident something is going to happen but timing is an issue," said Boullier.
"Obviously there is a financial support with Pastor, which in these days we may need. And unfortunately, as I said before, timing is an issue.
"Even if [team owner] Genii [Capital] is deeply involved in funding the team, there are some solutions that need to be done. And it's true that Quantum Motorsports is the best one we can have but timing is everything, especially in Formula 1.
"We have to deliver a car in less than eight weeks now."