Pastor Maldonado
Jul 13

F1: Maldonado Eyes Major Power Boost For Germany

Pastor Maldonado has yet to score a point during the 2014 Formula 1 season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has yet to score a point during the 2014 Formula 1 season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado is looking forward to a major power boost at Hockenheim next weekend.

The 2012 Spanish Grand Prix winner, who has had a dire campaign since switching from Williams to Lotus over the winter, has yet to score a solitary point this year as the Enstone-based team grapple with poor pace and reliability.

But things could be about to get better.

Jul 5

F1: Maldonado Excluded From Qualifying After Fuel Breach

Pastor Maldonado will start 20th after the penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado will start 20th after the penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has been excluded from qualifying for the British Grand Prix after failing to have enough fuel left in the tank of his Lotus to meet the requirements for the FIA fuel sample.

The Venezuelan was told to stop on track in Q2 and finished the session in 15th, ahead of Adrian Sutil, who did not post a time.

May 21

Formula 1: Maldonado denies rumors that his financial backing is under threat

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Wednesday 21 May 2014. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus F1, is interviewed. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _FER0713

Pastor Maldonado has had a difficult season with Lotus in 2014, leading many to speculate whether the Venezualan would be able to keep his ride if he lost his financial backing. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado has denied suggestions that his PDVSA backing is under threat, after Venezuela’s sports minister said that there would be no more support for the country’s racing drivers.

Maldonado insisted that Antonio Alvarez had nothing to do with PDVSA’s sponsorship of Lotus.

May 14

F1: Maldonado puts Lotus fastest in Wednesday test

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 14 May 2014. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus E22 Renault. World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _SBL0173

Pastor Maldonado has had a rough start to the 2014 season, but was fastest during Wednesday’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado and Lotus set the fastest time on the second and final day of the Barcelona test, but the big story of the day was the appearance of the ‘noise trumpet’ on the back of the Mercedes. Unfortunately it’s a case of back to the drawing board as the ungainly looking device failed to have much of an impact.

After his frustrating race weekend Maldonado used Pirelli’s supersoft tires to set his time and, more importantly, he completed 102 laps and finally had a chance to get to grips with the E22.