Maldonado 'optimistic and positive'

Thursday 13th March 2014

Share:

Maldonado 'optimistic and positive'

Maldonado 'optimistic and positive'

Pastor Maldonado is refusing to let his naysayers get him down as he gears up for the start of his Lotus career.

In the past, the former Williams driver has come in for some stick for his hotheadedness, criticised by rivals and fans alike.

However, this season he is determined to prove himself as a driver and will need to keep his emotions in check given Lotus' poor pre-season.

"In the past I have had a very bad experience sometimes, but sometimes I have had a very good experience," he explained.

"It's normal you have bad days - not only as the driver, but even for the team. I am like that: human and not a robot like you, like all of you. I'm just driving the car.

"I'm fully focused on racing, on doing my best, so we need to work hard to try to solve all of the problems and at the moment it's quite tough.

"The cars are very complicated and we need to go very deep on small details, so we need more focus on the car rather than other things.

"So here I am, very optimistic and looking forward and being positive while working very hard with my team."

And the Venezuelan yet again insisted that his decision to swap Williams for Lotus was the right one despite their contrasting fortunes in pre-season testing.

"They (Williams) have a good car, working quite hard from what they had last year - that's obvious.

"From an aerodynamic point of view, the car is very similar to what we had last year. It's the (Mercedes) engine making the difference at the moment.

"It's a good team, as they have shown in the past, although they had some years without success. But they've a great place in Grove (the factory) with good people working.

"But I'm also in a good team who have won in the past and who have a good factory, so why not have a good car? I've no worries."

Related Links
Meet And Greet Down Under

Gallery: Race Day In Hungary

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Germany

Winners & Losers: Germany

Not the best result, but Daniel Ricciardo drove the finest race of his F1 career on a storming afternoon at Hockenheim...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...