Maldonado expecting strong end to 2014 season

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Pastor Maldonado believes that Lotus can enjoy a strong end to an otherwise disappointing 2014 Formula 1 season and pick up some momentum to take into next year.

The Venezuelan driver has struggled to impress since joining Lotus for this season, scoring no points and recording a best finish of just 12th while teammate Romain Grosjean has led the team’s charge.

However, Maldonado has already been confirmed at Enstone for 2015, and he is confident that the team can make a good finish to this year despite a difficult record to date.

“I am confident we can finish the season off in a good way which will give us some great momentum for the new season in 2015,” Maldonado said ahead of next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. “Obviously it has been a difficult year but the important thing is that we are still united as a team and emerge stronger.

“From what I see and learn the 2015 car looks like being a very good package. There is a lot to look forward to for sure.”

Technical director Nick Chester has confirmed that the E23 car in 2015 will be very different to this year’s runner, while deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has said that a number of commercial agreements have been made to ensure that the future is bright at Lotus. For Maldonado, this is all very encouraging.

“The team at Enstone are more determined than ever to succeed and I can say 100% that I have the same outlook,” he said. “We will have very high motivation for the winter in terms of preparation and then testing in the new year.”