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Maldonado 'optimistic and positive'

Thursday 13-March-2014 14:34

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."

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