Pastor Maldonado has set his sights on extend his points-scoring streak into a third race at next weekend’s British Grand Prix.
After suffering five retirements in the opening six races of the season, Maldonado bounced back at the Canadian Grand Prix earlier this month by finishing seventh in Montreal.
The Lotus driver doubled up last weekend in Austria by crossing the line in P7 once again after making a brave overtake on Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the race.
“It was a good weekend,” Maldonado said, reflecting on the race. “In the race we made a poor start due to a small issue, but after that I was able to drive a good race.
“I stayed on the pace of the cars ahead for my first stint, even though I was on the harder tires, then when I changed to the super-softs I was able to push, even though we did a very long stint on those tires. It was a satisfying race and I was very happy to take seventh position near the end.”
Maldonado admitted that he was boosted by his return to the points in the last two races, and hopes that this can translate into another good result at Silverstone next weekend.
“It’s good for me and it’s good for all of the team,” Maldonado said. “It was frustrating for everyone to be pushing so hard with no reward until Canada, so to score in Canada and Austria has been great.
“Scoring is what we’re all here for so we’ll keep pushing for points at every race.”
A strong result would be all the more welcome for Lotus given that the British Grand Prix is its home race, and with the E23 Hybrid car proving to be a marked improvement on its predecessor, points look to be on the cards for Maldonado once again.