Maldonado hoping to push on in Austria after breaking points duck

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Pastor Maldonado is keen to use the momentum gained at last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix to put in another strong display in Austria in one week’s time.

Maldonado finished seventh in Montreal to score his first points of the 2015 season and move off the bottom of the drivers’ championship standings, leaving only Fernando Alonso, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi on zero points.

The Venezuelan driver has regularly been in contention for points so far this year, but was often denied the opportunity by a car failure or on-track incident.

However, Maldonado is confident that he can push on from his result in Canada and produce a repeat display in Austria at next weekend’s race.

“Of course it’s good and there’s a lot of potential yet to come,” Maldonado said. “There are twelve races left in the season so still a lot of opportunity to do well.

“It’s been frustrating waiting for a points finishing race to come, but now it’s happened it’s like the monkey is off my back and we can push forward for a good season.

“Certainly, it was a positive weekend for the team in Canada and there’s still lots of potential in the season ahead.”

Maldonado is confident that the straight line speed of the Lotus E23 Hybrid car will put the team in the running for points next weekend given the nature of the Red Bull Ring circuit.

“Just like any grand prix we’ll be looking to get the maximum from the car,” Maldonado said. “You need good power in Austria especially with the decent hill there.

“There are a couple of straights and we’ve been looking good through the speed traps so hopefully we’ll keep that pace. If we can qualify well we should have a great race.”