Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado has set his sights on rebooting and reinvigorating his 2015 Formula 1 season at the next two races in Belgium and Italy.
Following a month-long summer break, F1 returns next weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which ranks as one of the most unique tracks on the calendar thanks to its long straights and fast, sweeping corners.
This race is followed two weeks later by the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the fastest track on the current calendar.
Both circuits will reward teams that perfect a low downforce setup and have plenty of power in their engines, which Maldonado believes Lotus has.
“I think we have some tracks coming up which suit our car so that’s a good positive,” Maldonado said.
“Certainly, Spa and Monza should be strong for us so good results there will be a great way to reboot our season before we head to all the flyaway races when anything is possible.”
Maldonado has failed to match teammate Romain Grosjean for pace in the first half of the 2015 season, and currently trails the Frenchman in the drivers’ championship by 11 points.
The Venezuelan is relishing the opportunity to get back into the Lotus E23 Hybrid following the summer break, but has been thankful for the chance to relax and unwind over the past few weeks.
“It’s good to not have any pressure, events or factory visits for a couple of weeks so you can clear your head and prepare for the next nine races,” Maldonado said.
“I’ve been training and enjoying the good weather whilst preparing mentally and physically for the rest of the season. Whilst it’s great to have a bit of a break, I can’t wait to jump back into the car.”