Maldonado upbeat ahead of US GP in Austin

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Pastor Maldonado believes that next weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas presents a good opportunity for Lotus to score some more valuable points.

Lotus currently ranks sixth in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship, trailing Force India by 26 points with four races remaining in the 2015 season.

P5 in the constructors’ championship would not only give Lotus more prize money, but it would also secure itself a place on the F1 Strategy Group for 2016 and give itself increased power in the sport.

Maldonado arrives in Austin off the back of a seventh-place finish in Russia, and believes that the Circuit of The Americas should suit the Lotus E23 Hybrid car.

“I think Austin offers us a good opportunity,” Maldonado said. “The circuit shouldn’t pose any particular problems as long as we can get the tyres working as we want. The E23 is a car that generally works well so we have a good baseline to start with.

“At this point of the year we’re pretty on top of things like set-up and getting the most out of the car so it’s a case of getting the laps and simulations done in practice, qualifying as well as possible then targeting points in the race.”

The United States Grand Prix proved to be the highlight of Maldonado’s 2014 campaign, giving him hope that another strong result can follow next weekend.

“Everything went relatively well for us last year in Austin when you compare the performance to the season we’d been having,” Maldonado said. “There’s no reason to say we can’t have a great weekend this year.

“At every race we’re looking to maximize the package we have; we always look to be as fast as possible in qualifying and finish the race as strongly as possible. I like the Circuit of the Americas, the E23 is a good racing car and I’m confident we’ll do the best job we can.”