Maldonado confident of a strong finish to 2014

Lotus F1 Team, LAT Photographic

17 August 2014 by TF1T Staff

Pastor Maldonado is confident that he and team-mate Romain Grosjean can finish the 2014 season strongly and fully expects Lotus to score more points than they already have.

The team has just eight points on the board so far, all thanks to Grosjean, but Maldonado reckons they've worked through their problems and they'll be able to score consistently when F1 returns next week.

"It has been a very hard season and one in which there have been lots of issues," the Venezuelan admitted.

"But now that is behind us and we have to believe that we can get some points and complete the season strongly. That way it will give some good momentum to start afresh in 2015 with a whole new exciting package.

"It would be difficult to give a clear aim other than improvement and fighting for points every race.

"We have seen flashes of big promise from the E22. If everything is running right and the team continues to push then we can get more points for sure. As a team we will stay together with a clear mission to achieve the maximum."

Maldonado is hoping for a "very positive" result at the next race in Belgium where weather conditions can throw up unexpected results.

"Spa always throws up some variables with the weather being the obvious one. It would be nice to be higher up than the last few races.

"If we can achieve this and we have a good package then I believe we can come away with something very positive from Belgium."