Maldonado: 'Tricky' weekend on cards
4 June 2014 – Pastor Maldonado believes the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend could be a difficult one for Lotus and he is not expecting to be near the top of the times.
Speaking ahead of the event at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Maldonado explained that top speed and slow corners are probably the 'weakest points' of the Lotus E22 currently, and given Montreal has long straights followed by low-speed corners it doesn't bode particularly well.
"It could be a difficult weekend for the team, for sure. We are not expecting to be at the top, simply because of the type of track and how we understand our car and its performance strengths and weaknesses," he remarked.
"It's not very aggressive on the tyres either, so we'll see how it is when we head out to track."
"[But] anything can happen," he countered, "and our guys are all working very hard to adapt the car to find more traction in the slow corners and squeeze out some more top speed."
Maldonado has yet to score since switching to Lotus and admitted it would be nice to open his account this Sunday, especially as to date he has only finished three races, his best results, two 14th places.
"I think it would be good to have a trouble free weekend and finish the race strongly in the points. With the variable weather we've seen there in the past, anything can happen in Montreal, however I would like to see us bringing home some good points for the team," he stated.
"It will be tough as it's going to be such a tricky track for us [as mentioned], however if we can put in a solid performance and get the most out of the car then I think we could be in a good position."