Maldonado confident of Lotus points challenge
15 August 2014 – Pastor Maldonado is confident that Lotus can challenge for points again across the second half of the 2014 season, starting in Belgium next weekend.
Maldonado has not finished in the top 10 of a Formula 1 race in over a year and has been hindered by the difficulties Lotus has faced with its E22.
But the Venezuelan is sure that, assuming the team can get on top of its problems, he can challenge for the points paying positions at Spa-Francorchamps.
"If we can have a clean weekend technically, without any power unit or other issues, then we will be in a good position to challenge for points," he said.
"Spa always throws up some variables with the weather being the obvious one. It would be nice to be higher up than the last few races. If we can achieve this and we have a good package then I believe we can come away with something very positive from Belgium."
Lotus is currently in eighth in the Constructors' championship, with Maldonado's team-mate Romain Grosjean having scored all of their eight points in 2014. Maldonado insists that Lotus must believe their fortunes will change in the second part of the current campaign.
"It has been a very hard season and one in which there have been lots of issues," he said.
"But now that is behind us and we have to believe that we can get some points on the board and complete the season strongly. That way it will give some good momentum to start afresh in 2015 with a whole new exciting package."