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Maldonado: Potential for tough weekend

Wednesday 16-July-2014 11:04

Although a fan of the Hockenheim circuit, Pastor Maldonado concedes it could be "tough" German GP for his Lotus team.

Maldonado heads into race 10 of the 2014 F1 Championship still seeking his first point of the campaign and his first as a Lotus driver.

While the Venezuelan has struggled to adapt to his new E22, he has also been let down by reliability issues with both the car and its Renault engine.

Heading to Hockenheim, though, he is hoping to finally get off the mark but admits it could be a difficult weekend.

"I have raced at Hockenheim both with GP2 and F1," he said. "I've been quite quick there in the past - winning in GP2 - and it's a fun circuit to drive so we'll see how it goes.

"I really like the people there; the fans are great and so many of them come to the race. There is a great atmosphere, particularly in the final few corners with the big grandstands.

"The final sector is challenging with lots of corners coming quickly after each other, so that is one area where time can easily be won or lost. Get it right and you carry speed from one corner to the next, but a small mistake in one corner can mean you are also punished at the next.

"There's potential for it to be a tough weekend for us.

"The surface is very smooth, there are some slower corners with strong traction demands out of them as well as several straights where you need as much power as possible."

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