Lotus F1 team principal Eric Boullier has admitted new signing Pastor Maldonado
may need some 'fine-tuning' ahead of the 2014 F1 season.
Maldonado dazzled on occasions with Williams
and was sensational in Spain in 2012, en-route
to his maiden win and the first for the men from Grove since Brazil 2004. However at other times he was far less impressive, but despite that erratic form, Boullier has reiterated his confidence in the Venezuelan.
Boullier also added that in some respects the situation with Maldonado, is not that dissimilar to the one the Enstone-based outfit faced twelve months ago with Romain Grosjean.
“He [Pastor] is a friendly guy, he's a fast guy. He won a race in F1 and it was on merit - it was not gained from some lottery," Boullier said during Sky Sports F1's
Lotus end-of-season review show.
“I think we just need to make sure he can keep his focus - actually similar issues we had with Romain last year - keep his focus on track. I'm sure that with the proper support and team around him, we can do something nice with Pastor.”
“Maybe there is still some fine-tuning to do with him,” Boullier added. “And I think one the most important parts, having talked to him already, is obviously feeling the support of the team behind him.”
Boullier also said again that investment deal with Quantum Motorsport is not dead and that talks are on-going: “We are still confident something is going to happen. But timing is an issue,” Boullier explained. “Obviously there is a financial support with Pastor [from PDVSA], which in these days we may need. And unfortunately, as I said before, timing is an issue.
“Even if Genii is deeply involved in funding the team, there are some solutions that need to be done. And it's true that Quantum Motorsports is the best one we can have but timing is everything, especially in F1.
“We have to deliver a car in less than eight weeks now.”