Pastor Maldonado insists he doesn't need to change anything in himself in order to score his first F1 world championship points of the season, but is confident he can break his 2015 duck in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Ahead of the seventh round of the season, the Venezuelan was in good form during free practice to turn in the fifth fastest time of the day as Lotus emerged as a strong contender at the head of the busy mid-field pack.

However, he comes into the weekend still seeking his first points of the season after a series of problems in previous rounds, often from top ten positions. Despite this, Maldonado says he won't be changing his approach in the hope of protecting a point-scoring result.

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"I think I need to keep doing the same, keep pushing like I did in the previous races," he said. "I have been doing well, so I don't need to change anything, just a bit more luck and try not to have any technical issues with the car."

Reflecting on his hopes ahead of qualifying, Maldonado says he is surprised to be on the tail of Ferrari and in front of Williams.

"Surprisingly we are quite close to the top teams, maybe not Mercedes but maybe Ferrari, only two tenths. We will do our best, I think the car is working well in this characteristic of track. I think if our tyres will work as well as they have been working in practice, we will be very strong."