Maldonado: Good opportunity for points


Pastor Maldonado heads to Austin confident of a good showing as in his E23 he has a car that "generally works well" at most circuits.

At the last race in Russia, Lotus lost more ground to Force India in the battle for fifth in the Constructors' Championship.

While Force India achieved a podium through Sergio Perez, Maldonado was Lotus' only points-scorer in seventh place.

The Enstone trails trails their rivals by 26 points with just four races remaining.

Maldonado, though, reckons Lotus could be in for a good weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.

He said: "I think Austin offers us a good opportunity. 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."

Last season the Venezualen driver achieved his best qualifying and race result in America. This year he's hoping for more of the same.

"Certainly, everything went relatively well for us last year in Austin when you compare the performance to the season we'd been having," he said. "There's no reason to say we can't have a great weekend this year.

"At every race we're looking to maximise 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."