Maldonado hoping for clean finish to 2015 F1 season

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Pastor Maldonado has set himself the goal of completing every remaining racing lap in the 2015 Formula 1 season after suffering back-to-back retirements in Belgium and Italy.

Maldonado has been unable to harness the improved pace of the Lotus E23 Hybrid car in 2015 thanks to eight retirements in the opening 12 races, leaving him to record just two top ten finishes.

The Venezuelan driver retired from the Belgian Grand Prix after running wide at Eau Rouge and hitting the curb, whilst a first corner incident forced him to park up after just one lap in Italy.

Maldonado made no secret of his frustration at Monza, believing that points may have been possible for Lotus.

“It was another race I watched from our motor home and that’s not how I want to spend my races,” Maldonado said.

“It was frustrating. I got a good start but received contact from another car and my race was over. We kept going for that lap but it was obvious the front suspension was damaged.

“I was lucky in a way as I was able to retire in the garage rather than Romain [Grosjean, his teammate] who tried continuing after the incident he was involved in, and had to park his car on track then find his way back. I could watch the race straight away!

“That’s motor racing sometimes. The team had worked really hard and we were well placed for a race where we could have collected a lot of points.”

Maldonado has now set his sights on spending the final seven races of the year behind the wheel of his Lotus car and not on the sidelines, starting with next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

“Looking to the future, the Italian Grand Prix was the last one of the European season so the last one with our motor home,” Maldonado said. “Hopefully I enjoy the remaining seven races of the season for every lap behind the wheel of my race car.

“Singapore’s a fantastic event, it’s a fun circuit and we’ve got a great car. We’ve shown at many different circuits that we can perform well this year so it’s another race where we want to get out there and put in a strong performance.”