Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado feels confident heading into the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, after the team’s astonishing result at Spa.
Team-mate Romain Grosjean claimed the team’s first podium in almost two years in Belgium, finishing 3rd after Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Maldonado was, however, unable to match Grosjean’s pace that weekend, after a 17G impact at Eau Rouge with the curb, resulting in failure of his car after just three laps. However, Maldonado feels upbeat about the upcoming race at Monza.
“I am really looking forward to Monza this year,” The Venezuelan driver reported “We’ve shown our car to be pretty good through the speed traps this season and Monza is where you want to be as fast as possible in a straight line.
“Coming off the back of our performance in Spa it’s going to be really interesting to see how we go; I have a good feeling.”
Of course, Maldonado was disappointed not to make the finish at Spa, especially as his team-mate came home with a podium finish. Nevertheless, he is determined to make it up in Monza.
“Of course, it’s frustrating not to finish any Grand Prix, but it was particularly so in Belgium as we really had potential to go well,” Maldonado said.
“Romain did a great job to finish on the podium and I started my race ahead of him on the grid. We know what is possible and our car should go well in Monza. I would love to score a very strong result in Italy as I have so many fans there.”