"No, nothing missing. Things change very fast in F1 and Bruno (Senna) is doing quite well, just like me," he said. "What I like on the car Bruno also likes - and vice versa - so we form a good synergy to develop the car."
In the meantime, Maldonado has found controversy after run-ins with competitors on the track and with the race stewards after the race - and even had ill-fortune well away from race weekends, such as crashing his F1 car while giving a demonstration run at a publicity event back home in Venezuela during the summer break.
"Yes, it was a bit embarrassing, but only a bit," he insisted. "It is always tricky to run on tarmac that is not meant for racing.
"It was at the end of the show run when everybody already had a good taste of F1, so it was no big deal," he added, pointing out: "And I had the headlines!"
Getting headlines has never been Maldonado's problem, of course. Getting some championship points, on the other hand, is something he needs to get into a more regular habit of managing - and Spa would be a good place to start.