Pastor Maldonado says Lotus is focusing on trying to improve its qualifying performance as it chases points in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

With double points up for grabs at the Yas Marina circuit this weekend, any top ten finish will be more lucrative than at previous races. Maldonado believes Lotus has a quick enough car in race trim to be able to score points but says he and team-mate Romain Grosjean need to be more competitive in qualifying to set up those opportunities.

"I think it's crucial that we try and improve our qualifying pace because as soon as we are in the top twelve, things should be on the up and we'll be in a good position to fight for points," Maldonado said. "We've seen that our race pace is quite competitive so it's all about starting from the highest grid position possible. We know this is an area we need to make big strides forwards and Romain and I are working closely with the engineers to improve our qualifying results."

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With the soft and supersoft tyres being provided in Abu Dhabi, Maldonado is wary that the tyre compounds could be tough for Lotus.

"We struggled a lot at the last race in Brazil with the soft compound but Interlagos is a short track and the weather conditions were pretty variable, whereas Abu Dhabi should be consistently hot. It's difficult for me to say beforehand because there's still a lot to discover with the car, so we'll just have to hope for the best.

"Tyre wear is incredibly difficult to predict because it often relies heavily on the situation and how the car is handling. What is certain is that we will be aiming to score points, which would be great given that they will be doubled at this event. To round off a difficult year with a solid haul of points would provide that extra motivation for everyone back at Enstone."