Maldonado doesn't regret moving to Lotus F1
7 May 2014 – Pastor Maldonado has insisted he has no regrets about moving to Lotus for the 2014 Formula 1 season, despite a bitterly disappointing start.
Lotus have still to score heading into this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, while Williams - Maldonado's old team - have notched up 36 points in the opening four races, with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas both having had some encouraging results behind the wheel of the Mercedes-powered FW36.
"I decided to go to Lotus because history has shown this is a great team," Maldonado said in an interview with El Confidencial. "On arrival I found what I wanted. It is a great team in every way. The atmosphere is terrific, despite all the problems [we have had]."
"Many people think the team has lost its way and it is not the same as in previous years. But the cars have changed. We have experienced a major technological transformation [with the new rules]. We've had millions of problems, many of them insignificant, even very silly. But it was very hard to find them all and it taken us a long time to do so," he added.
Asked about Williams and the way the Grove-based outfit has turned things around in 2014, Maldonado replied: "I knew Williams would have a better car this year because it would have been virtually impossible to have a worse car than last year. It could have been worse, but the chances it would be better were bigger. The team has shown it can do well but it is hard to say if they can win races again."