Pastor Maldonado says his relationship with Lotus is still a good one despite having yet to score a point so far this season.

Reliability issues have blighted Maldonado's first year with Lotus so far, and in seven races he boasts a best finish of 14th place. Having failed to even start the Monaco Grand Prix, Maldonado was running as high as eighth last time out in Canada before a power unit issue forced him to retire but he insists he and the team remain fully motivated to improve the situation.

"We all know what we have to do and we are all pushing hard," Maldonado said. "Yes, we can all get frustrated, but ultimately we all want to achieve success so we remain positive. We can see how much improvement there has been with pace from the car and once we have all the reliability issues sorted we'll be regularly fighting for points.

"Once we're there, the next target is to fight for more points and then podiums. We've seen that the Mercedes are not perfect and can be beaten. Even they had reliability issues in Canada."

And heading to Austria, Maldonado is confident of an improvement in form for Lotus after his difficult last two races.

"I know the track, but it was maybe ten years ago when I last raced there and it will be new for me in an F1 car. I think it should be quite good for the E22. It looks like the circuit doesn't have too many low speed corners and the downforce and set-up is similar to Barcelona, which should help us.

"We will work hard to solve the problems we had in Canada so that we can reach our targets in Austria. I'm certainly optimistic Austria will suit us better than the last two rounds."


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