Pastor Maldonado says he will be out to try and "re-boot" his season in Belgium.

Maldonado has had a torrid year and while he did finish in Hungary prior to Formula 1's summer break, he was a lowly 14th, picking up not one, but three penalties in the race, costing him any chance of getting in the top-ten and scoring points.

He is hopeful, however, that Spa-Francorchamps - and Monza that follows - will be good for his Lotus-Mercedes E23.

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"I think we have some tracks coming up which suit our car so that's a good positive. Certainly, Spa and Monza should be strong for us so good results there will be a great way to reboot our season before we head to all the flyaway races when anything is possible," he remarked.

As for Hungary, Maldonado said that he has already put it behind him: "It was a difficult race and certainly not the best result I've had. There was so much going on and it was a tough race for many drivers. Like with any race though, we had a debrief afterwards and that was productive. I always look ahead so my focus is Spa and the next races ahead," he emphasised.

"Spa is the type of track where you get great memories whenever or whatever you are racing," he added. "But of course the ones that really stick in the mind are the victories and I am lucky that I have won here a few times.

"I first raced at Spa in 2004 in Formula Renault. In 2006 I won in World Series by Renault at Spa, taking pole, fastest lap and the victory. Then in 2008 I won in the GP2 Series for the first time. Then I took another win in my championship year in 2010 which was a sweet moment.

"In Formula 1 I qualified sixth in 2012. So all in all I have great memories of the track and feel that I have a special relationship with it going back many years."

Maldonado also noted that while he has enjoyed the break, he's looking forward to getting back into action.

"Of course I spent as much time as possible with my family. It's good to not have any pressure, events or factory visits for a couple of weeks so you can clear your head and prepare for the next nine races. I've been training and enjoying the good weather whilst preparing mentally and physically for the rest of the season. But whilst it's great to have a bit of a break, I can't wait to jump back into the car."