Interview with Lotus F1's Pastor Maldonado

Interview with Lotus F1's Pastor Maldonado

2 May 2014 – Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado looks ahead to the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth round in the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Pastor, what did you 'takeaway' from China?
We had a good start and first lap, but then because of the lack of top-end speed we were struggling to overtake and lost a lot of time behind slower cars, which compromised our final result. Lap by lap our pace was improving, but it was not enough to pass more people. I think we need to work very hard to increase the top speed so that we can attack more during the race. Otherwise the car is not too bad and it can only improve from here. We achieved a good step forward for the Chinese race. Now we have time to review the data and try to do the same again in Spain, hopefully giving us a good chance to fight for points.

Tell us about the Circuit de Catalunya?
The circuit has certainly been very good for me in the past, with the win in 2012 being the highlight. A top ten in qualifying will be our first focus and then it'll be a very tough race in terms of tyre management, with a lot of pit stops and strategy. Last year most did four stops but Lotus F1 Team were able to make three stops to finish second. Overall Catalunya is tough for the cars, drivers and teams because everyone knows the track so well and you have to fight for every thousandth of a second. There are obviously races that are much closer to Venezuela in a geographic sense, but Barcelona is special for me because there is a huge community of Venezuelans close by and of course my mother tongue is Spanish. So I hope to see a lot of flags around the track and some great support as usual. It's always good to race in front of your fans and I am determined to continue my good record there.

What do you remember about the win in 2012?
It was a great day in my career, a strong race and victory over Fernando Alonso in his home event. We really deserved it because we did it on merit and under big pressure from the Ferrari all race. People forget that we were outside the top ten on Friday and then everything came together. We qualified second - pole after Lewis Hamilton was disqualified - and I knew there was a chance to win the race. I just felt so calm and ready to win. That weekend, after being 17th in first practice, shows why you must never give up in Formula 1. It also gave me more confidence because my first year in F1 had been difficult, but as soon as the car was competitive I was up there, fighting with the top drivers. My mentality changed and this now drives me forward when times are tough.

What would be a realistic target for Barcelona this season?
I'm expecting to be more competitive. It will be very important to start scoring some points, but if everything goes well and we get some luck too then a top five is possible. It is going to be difficult - there are the two Mercedes and two Red Bulls and then others who have shown good pace in recent races like Force India - but if we get 100% from the car we can fight all of the other teams and come away with something good to build on.

What are you expecting from the technical updates?
Clearly we expect the updates to be positive, but it's difficult to say how big the relative improvement will be because everybody will bring updates and nothing stands still in Formula 1. The bottom line is that we must keep improving and pushing. We won't get to the end of this season and look back to think we could have done more. Everyone is fighting 100% to get back to the front of the grid. When we get there it will be even sweeter.

How important is it to get points as soon as possible?
It is vital because this team and the drivers are used to scoring lots of them. But more importantly it will act as a trigger for more confidence throughout the team and it will mean we can act on that and feed off it. The races after Barcelona are Monaco and Montreal where many variables usually happen. We have to be in the right place to take advantage of these and to enable a good platform for the summer.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Friday 30 January 2015

  2. 19:54

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  3. Ricciardo to debut Red Bull RB11 in Jerez 19:51

    Ricciardo to debut Red Bull RB11 in Jerez

    Red Bull has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo will debut the squad's new Renault-powered RB11 at Jerez on Sunday. The...

    F1
  4. Ferrari confident over improved power unit 15:48

    Ferrari confident over improved power unit

    Ferrari Technical Director James Allison says that a significant amount of the squad's efforts over the winter period have...

    F1
  5. Filippi joins CFH for road/street courses 14:58

    Filippi joins CFH for road/street courses

    CFH Racing has confirmed that Italian driver Luca Filippi will race for the squad in the 10 road/street courses in this...

    Indy
  6. Video: Interview with Maurizio Arrivabene 12:14

    Video: Interview with Maurizio Arrivabene

    Newly-appointed Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene previews the new Formula 1 season.

    F1
  7. Arrivabene: No 'magic' for Ferrari revival 12:11

    Arrivabene: No 'magic' for Ferrari revival

    Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene says that nobody has the magic to suddenly improve Ferrari's performances, though...

    F1
  8. Video: Ferrari showcases SF15-T 11:39

    Video: Ferrari showcases SF15-T

    Take a tour of the new Ferrari SF15-T, which will be used by the team in this year's championship.

    F1
  9. Vettel sure Ferrari heading in right direction 11:32

    Vettel sure Ferrari heading in right direction

    Sebastian Vettel says he is sure Ferrari is heading in the right direction but urged caution at the unveiling of the squad's...

    F1
  10. 11:17

    Photos: Ferrari unveils new SF15-T

    F1
  11. Ferrari reveals SF15-T in online launch 11:04

    Ferrari reveals SF15-T in online launch

    Ferrari has become the latest squad to unveil its 2015 challenger after revealing its SF15-T, which will be raced by world...

    F1
  12. 09:40

    Photos: Sauber presents C34 in Hinwil

    F1
  13. Ericsson, Nasr aim to return Sauber to points 09:20

    Ericsson, Nasr aim to return Sauber to points

    Sauber duo Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr say that their aim this year is to return the Swiss team to the points-paying...

    F1
  14. Sauber unveils striking new C34 09:05

    Sauber unveils striking new C34

    Sauber has presented its new-look C34 during an online launch, ahead of the car's public debut in Spain this weekend, as it...

    F1
  15. IndyCar Brasilia season opener cancelled 07:25

    IndyCar Brasilia season opener cancelled

    IndyCar has announced that its planned season opener in Brazil in March has been cancelled, although no reason has been...

    Indy
  16. Video: Boullier on McLaren-Honda reunion 07:24

    Video: Boullier on McLaren-Honda reunion

    McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier talks about McLaren's latest engine partnership with Honda.

    F1
  17. Boullier: McLaren restructure starting to pay off 07:23

    Boullier: McLaren restructure starting to pay off

    McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier believes that the recent structural changes at the team are showing signs of paying...

    F1
  18. FIA President Todt awarded Palme d'or 05:34

    FIA President Todt awarded Palme d'or

    FIA President Jean Todt has been awarded the International Automobile Festival's Palme d'or for his achievements in...

    F1
  19. Video of the Day: Ferrari working on SF15-T 05:07

    Video of the Day: Ferrari working on SF15-T

    Watch Ferrari staff members working on the new SF15-T, which will be unveiled on Friday morning.

    F1
  20. Thursday 29 January 2015

  21. Mercedes completes F1 W06 shakedown 16:07

    Mercedes completes F1 W06 shakedown

    Mercedes has released pictures of its new Formula 1 challenger, the F1 W06 Hybrid, after shaking it down at an icy...

    F1
  22. Button: McLaren motivation higher than ever 13:35

    Button: McLaren motivation higher than ever

    Jenson Button says McLaren's motivation to succeed is higher than ever ahead of the 2015 season. McLaren released...

    F1
  23. Alonso admits pre-season 'won't be easy' 12:46

    Alonso admits pre-season 'won't be easy'

    Fernando Alonso has admitted that McLaren's pre-season "won't be easy", as the team embarks on its latest engine partnership...

    F1
  24. 12:10

    Photos: The new McLaren MP4-30

    F1
  25. Video: McLaren unveils 2015 challenger 12:09

    Video: McLaren unveils 2015 challenger

    McLaren has presented its new Honda-powered MP4-30, ahead of its track debut at Jerez on Sunday.

    F1
  26. McLaren presents Honda-powered MP4-30 12:04

    McLaren presents Honda-powered MP4-30

    McLaren has unveiled its new Honda-powered MP4-30, to be driven by an all-World Champion driver line-up of Fernando Alonso...

    F1
  27. Video: Sauber's new C34 is fired up 09:47

    Video: Sauber's new C34 is fired up

    Sauber has fired up its new Ferrari-powered C34 ahead of pre-season testing, which gets underway at Jerez on Sunday. While...

    F1
  28. Nato switches to GP2 with Arden 09:46

    Nato switches to GP2 with Arden

    Norman Nato has moved over from Formula Renault 3.5 to GP2 with Arden for 2015. The Frenchman, 22, spent the past two...

    GP2
  29. Video: Back to the Future, McLaren style 09:27

    Video: Back to the Future, McLaren style

    Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button step into a McLaren time machine.

    F1
  30. Barnhart returns as IndyCar race director 09:25

    Barnhart returns as IndyCar race director

    Brian Barnhart has returned to the position of IndyCar race director for the 2015 season. Barnhart will lead the...

    Indy
  31. Video of the Day: Yamaha presents 2015 bike 05:12

    Video of the Day: Yamaha presents 2015 bike

    Yamaha presented its new YZR-M1 for the 2015 MotoGP season in Madrid on Wednesday.

    MotoGP
  32. Wednesday 28 January 2015

  33. Feature: Ricciardo, Kvyat ready to lead Red Bull 16:07

    Feature: Ricciardo, Kvyat ready to lead Red Bull

    Red Bull was the team to beat between 2010 and 2013, enjoying four double title-winning seasons. But with the departure of...

    F1
  34. Video: Räikkönen gets seated in the SF15-T 13:43

    Video: Räikkönen gets seated in the SF15-T

    Ferrari has released a video of Kimi Räikkönen in the new SF15-T, which will be launched on Friday.

    F1
  35. 12:23

    Photos: Yamaha unveils new MotoGP bike

    MotoGP
  36. Yamaha presents 2015 bike in Madrid 12:20

    Yamaha presents 2015 bike in Madrid

    Yamaha became the first MotoGP team to unveil its 2015 bike in Madrid on Wednesday. Riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge...

    MotoGP
  37. Force India elects to skip Jerez test 11:16

    Force India elects to skip Jerez test

    Force India has opted against attending the first pre-season test at Jerez with its 2014 machine, and will instead focus its...

    F1
  38. Malja graduates to FR3.5 with Strakka 11:00

    Malja graduates to FR3.5 with Strakka

    Gustav Malja will make the step up to Formula Renault 3.5 with Strakka Racing for 2015. The Swede, 19, has spent the past...

    FR 3.5
  39. Williams signs Lynn as development driver 10:16

    Williams signs Lynn as development driver

    Williams has signed GP3 champion Alex Lynn as its development driver for the 2015 season. Lynn's primary role will be to...

    F1
  40. Kvyat out to emulate team-mate Ricciardo 10:01

    Kvyat out to emulate team-mate Ricciardo

    New Red Bull recruit Daniil Kvyat believes that he can emulate the achievements of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo after stepping...

    F1
  41. Renault makes 'fundamental' engine changes 09:54

    Renault makes 'fundamental' engine changes

    Renault says it has made "fundamental changes" to its Formula 1 engine over the winter period, as it bids to close in on...

    F1
  42. Ricciardo eyes 'proper title fight' in 2015 09:14

    Ricciardo eyes 'proper title fight' in 2015

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo hopes he can challenge Mercedes' dominance and enjoy a "proper title fight" during the 2015...

    F1
  43. Ferrari: Guidelines for new SF15-T simple 08:35

    Ferrari: Guidelines for new SF15-T simple

    Ferrari Technical Director James Allison says the guidelines for the new SF15-T were clear as its predecessor was simply...

    F1
more news