Everything is possible, says Maldonado
12 March 2014 – Pastor Maldonado is feeling optimistic ahead of the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season and he believes the Lotus E22 has 'huge' potential.
Maldonado will make his race debut with the outfit this weekend in Australia and despite limited running in F1 2014 pre-season testing, the Venezuelan isn’t letting that fact get him down.
"For sure we are in a difficult moment because we didn't run enough with the car in pre-season testing, but you can feel that the team are fully focussed on working hard to solve problems quickly. I'm looking forward to attacking and being competitive as soon as possible and right through to the end of the season," he said in the countdown to first practice at Melbourne's Albert Park on Friday.
"I think the potential of the E22 is huge," he added. "We just need to work harder than the other teams, even though time is against us. I think the car is good and it will only get better. We need to put everything together and try to get 100 percent from the team, car and me from a driving point of view. All is possible at the moment and we are very optimistic to progress and get back to the top."
Maldonado also said that he has settled in well since joining the team over the winter: "Everything feels good and it's going in the right direction. Even though there are a lot of resources and people, it feels so close knit and efficient. I like the team and I already have a good relationship with everyone I am working with. Hopefully it will get better and better during the year," he continued.
"I have a lot of confidence in everyone at Enstone and everyone from Renault Sport F1 involved with the power unit too. Everyone has solved problems in the past so helpfully we can have quick answers that solve the issues we face now. This will be very important in terms of our performance and showing our potential," he summed-up.