Maldonado: I’ve been a victim

Date published: April 5 2015

Two from two without a single point or even reaching the chequered flag, Pastor Maldonado feels he has been an "unlucky" "victim" this season.

Despite racing a car that many believe is capable of points finishes, Maldonado has had a dismal time out on track to date this season.

In Australia he never made it through the opening lap, caught out as three cars all tried for the same piece of tarmac, while in Malaysia 

But despite his woes, the Venezuelan driver firmly believes points will be on the offering as long as he reaches the chequered flag.

"I've been a bit unlucky, especially in the first corners of the first two races but on the other hand we have a car which is more competitive and this says that we can fight for points through the season," he said.

"The potential of the car is there, we just need to put everything together and the results will come soon."

Looking ahead to the next race in China at the Shanghai circuit, the Lotus driver is hoping that this time around he won't be the "victim of other drivers'" mistakes.

"The first corner of a grand prix is always thrilling as you have to balance the opportunities to make up places with the risk of losing them.

"Certainly in the first two races this season I've been the victim of other drivers' incidents and that's racing sometimes.

"The first corners in Shanghai are quite interesting as you've got a decent run down to the right-hander that is turn one, but that flows straight into the tightening turn two so it can get pretty busy!"