Maldonado: Lotus must learn from its mistakes in 2015


Pastor Maldonado is confident that Lotus can enjoy a more successful and competitive campaign in 2015 if it can learn from the mistakes made in the last F1 season.

After winning grands prix in 2012 and 2013, Lotus dropped towards the back of the field in 2014, scoring just ten points thanks to the uncompetitive nature of the E22 car.

However, the team has renewed faith for the 2015 season, with Romain Grosjean saying that he felt a positive step forwards with the new car during testing. Maldonado is similarly optimistic, believing that Lotus can be far more competitive this time around.

“It’s going to be a very interesting season for us,” Maldonado said. “We’ve been working very hard through the winter to improve the performance of the cars, and I’m very happy to be back again to drive.

“We are hoping to have much better performance than last year for sure. We’ve been working quite hard to improve some of the problems we had.

“You need to learn from the mistakes as a team and start from there.”

Maldonado said that the goal for 2015 is to get the team back up the grid and into the points, having only joined for the miserable 2014 campaign after three years at Williams.

“We are always high-spirited, and we must be very competitive,” he said. “Every time we go out on track, we must deliver 100% which is very important.

“We expect the E23 to be a much more competitive car than last year. Very solid in terms of reliability, speed and performance, and very consistent through the season.

“My goal is to get the team back to where it was before I came here. We have the tools, we have everything in the right place to be competitive again and to win. This is the main target again: to win.”

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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