Pastor Maldonado: “I think the track will suit our car”

by Paul Hensby

Pastor Maldonado arrives at Silverstone on the back of two consecutive seventh place finishes, with the Lotus F1 Team driver looking to secure three points finishes in a row for the first time in his Formula 1 career this weekend.

Maldonado has fond memories of Silverstone whilst racing in the GP2 Series, winning the Sprint race back in 2009 before taking the Feature race in 2010 on his way to winning the title with Rapax, however his best result in four attempts in a Formula 1 car was eleventh back in 2013.

“I have always enjoyed racing at Silverstone since my first visit back in 2007,” insisted Maldonado. “I also have good memories of it as I have had some great races there, including winning in both 2009 and 2010 in the GP2 Series.

“I’ve spent so much time in England that it’s like a second home to me, especially as I have family who live very close to the circuit in Oxfordshire.

“It’s a great event coming mid-season and it always provides an interesting race. It’s always a very special event for the teams based nearby and the support all drivers get there is amazing with some of the most knowledgeable fans in the world.”

Like many other drivers up and down the grid, the Venezuelan admits to loving racing at Silverstone, and feels the E23 Hybrid should suit the fast natured of the circuit much like it did at the Circuit de Catalunya in May.

“I think that Silverstone is an amazing track,” reflected Maldonado. “It has a great history, it’s fast and the change to the most recent layout hasn’t really changed the nature of the track too much.

“It’s always a special place to visit and you know that you’re always there for the racing as it’s not on the doorstep of a big city.

“I think the track will suit our car because it’s similar to Barcelona and it’s also very fun to drive with sections like Maggots and Becketts, which really test you as a driver.”

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