Maldonado hoping for strong finish to 2014 season


Pastor Maldonado is hoping to finish the 2014 F1 season strongly before turning his attention to a better 2015 campaign after a difficult year at Lotus.

The British team has scored just eight points all season long, with Romain Grosjean being the sole contributor. Maldonado has finished only as high as 12th in 2014, and has once again attracted unwanted attention for a number of accidents across the course of the year.

However, he feels that 2015 will hold greater things for Lotus upon the arrival of Mercedes power units, and a strong finish to the current campaign will only aid the development for next year.

“We still have three races left in 2014 so that is our priority, but it’s no secret that we are all looking to 2015 with a lot of excitement,” Maldonado explained. “It will be my second season with Lotus F1 Team and we have worked well together in 2014.

“There will be a lot of changes to the car and the team is very positive about the potential of next year’s chassis. At the end of the season I will get some quality time with my family then I’ll return in 2015 fresh for the next challenge.

“Nineteen races seem to fly by, even when you’re not having the season performance you want. There have been so many changes for this year. Though the year has gone quickly, it still seems like Albert Park was such a long time ago!

“We have three races left to try to get some more points on the board. We know that won’t be easy with the strength of the competition, but it’s something we still try for. The final three races of 2014 are all great events so we really want to finish as strongly as we can.”

Maldonado was confirmed to be staying with Lotus back in July, and he is set to be joined once again by Grosjean, who is close to finalizing a new deal with the team.