Maldonado: Lotus must learn from its mistakes in 2015

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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.”

IMSA at Mid-Ohio Sunday: How to watch, schedules, TV, stream info

IMSA Mid-Ohio schedule
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The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to a sprint as the circuit enters the stretch run of the 2020 season with a packed weekend schedule at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The Acura Sports Car Challenge will be a two-hour, 40-minute race around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio, for the DPi, GTLM and GTD classes.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar teams will practice Friday and Saturday. Qualifying will take place at 8 a.m. Sunday before a 2 p.m. green flag (same-day delay 11 p.m. ET, NBCSN; streaming on NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold) for the headlining race of a busy weekend.

There will be eight other races at Mid-Ohio across four series: the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

The GTLM class of IMSA’s top series will be short two entries with Porsche pulling out because of positive COVID-19 tests at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend.

This will mark the seventh race of the season. After Mid-Ohio, there are three events left for the premier DPi and four for the GT division, including two of the year’s longest (the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring season finale).

Here are the details for IMSA this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio

WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m.

TV:  11 p.m. (same-day delay), NBCSN (streaming link); 2 p.m. NBC Sports App (streaming link) / TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold

STREAM: NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold (live flag to flag starting at 2 p.m.)

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, as well as SiriusXM

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours and 40 minutes around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 81 degrees with a 1% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for which WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams are racing at Mid-Ohio


IMSA Mid-Ohio weekend schedule

Friday

6:10-7:10 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Saturday

10:55 a.m.-12:10 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Sunday

8-9:05 a.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

2 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Acura Sports Car Challenge