Maldonado: Top five possible in Barcelona
2 May 2014 – Pastor Maldonado believes he will be able to get a top-five finish in the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend, providing everything goes well and providing he gets a little luck too.
Maldonado switched to Lotus this year after three seasons with Williams, but so far the decision has not paid off and with the Enstone team struggling, the Venezuelan has yet to score, although he did get his second finish in a row in China last time out, when he matched his 14th place from Bahrain.
"I'm expecting to be more competitive [at the Circuit de Catalunya]," he said ahead of round five in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship. "It will be very important to start scoring some points and 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 per cent from the car we can fight all of the other teams and come away with something good to build on," he insisted.
Asked how important it will be to score, Maldonado replied: "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."
So what is he expecting from the updates the team will take to Spain? "Clearly we expect them 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," he added.
"We won't get to the end of this season and look back and think we could have done more. Everyone is fighting 100 per cent to get back to the front of the grid. When we get there it will be even sweeter."