Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado has set his sights on a trouble-free outing at the Chinese Grand Prix next weekend after a difficult start to the 2015 Formula 1 season.
The Lotus E23 Hybrid car has represented a big step forwards for the team in 2015, with both Maldonado and teammate Romain Grosjean looking capable of points at the first two races in Australia and Malaysia.
However, Maldonado was spun into the wall on the first lap of the Australian Grand Prix after moving up into the top ten off the line, and dropped back in Malaysia due to a puncture on the first lap before retiring from the race late on.
“It was frustrating, especially as by the time I’d caught up with the cars ahead we’d developed an issue with the brakes so it was difficult to attack,” Maldonado said, reflecting on Malaysia.
“It’s racing. I’ve been a bit unlucky, especially in the first corners of the first two races but on the other hand we have a car which is more competitive and this says that we can fight for points through the season.
“The potential of the car is there, we just need to put everything together and the results will come soon.”
Looking ahead to next weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, Maldonado is focusing on a clean race that will give him a chance of scoring his first points of the 2015 season.
“We had a couple of small reliability issues [in Malaysia] but the team’s working very hard on this, and we expect to have these resolved by China,” the Venezuelan explained.
“I’m looking forward to getting out in action in Shanghai and hoping for a clean weekend when we should be able to get some points.”