Maldonado hoping for clean start
25 May 2014 – Pastor Maldonado says he will try and get a clean start at the Monaco Grand Prix as he bids to finish the race for the first time - and score his maiden championship points of 2014.
Lotus has endured a difficult season, with the pace of the E22 not enabling either driver to qualify inside the top 10 for the race.
Maldonado will start from 15th on the grid, one position behind team-mate Romain Grosjean.
"After the positive test we had in Barcelona we were hoping for a better result," said Maldonado.
"However this track hasn't suited us so far this weekend. We struggled to get sufficient temperature in the tyres which seem to be a very hard compound for Monaco.
"I also suffered a lot from the traffic which didn't help with tyre temperature or getting a fast lap. It's a long race so we'll try to be clean in the first couple of laps, try to have a good strategy and we will see what we can do and deliver as best we can."