Pastor Maldonado says Lotus will need to 'compromise' its car specification to take on the challenges thrown up at the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit along with the rest of the Formula 1 grid.
The Venezuelan driver will be looking to make a return to the points after his longest consecutive run of points finishes in his F1 career came to an end in Mexico.
The Interlagos circuit has not provided a happy hunting ground for Maldonado in the past, collecting zero points and just two classified finishes in four races, and feels the test produced by the contrasting characteristics of the circuit will force his Lotus team to find a tricky balance in set up.
“Technically it's always tricky to find a set-up balance between the twisty parts of the circuit and the long straights,” Maldonado said. “In an ideal world you'd want Monza-spec for the start and end of the lap and Hungaroring-spec for the rest. Different drivers and teams will make different compromises, which all adds up to an interesting race.
“Some will go for greater straight-line speed to help them pass and defend in the race, others more downforce for a better lap time and less sliding.”
As well as set up headaches, Maldonado isn't ruling out the weather conditions in providing a mix up and wants to maximise his opportunities at the final two races of 2015 to make a late charge up the F1 drivers' standings.
Maldonado currently sits 14th in the F1 drivers' championship and just a single point off of Sauber's Felipe Nasr. The Lotus driver's best finish to an F1 season came in 2012 when he ended the year 15th while with Williams.
“We all know the amount of rain which can fall in São Paulo and the Interlagos track even has grooves cut into it to help the water flow off the track,” he said. “Whatever the weather, we'll be pushing for the best result possible.
“I always want to show fighting spirit. We have two races to end the year, at two very different race tracks. We want to score as many points as possible and we'll be doing everything we can to achieve that. I'm never scared to race whoever else is after the same points I'm pursuing so we'll definitely keep fighting till the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi.”