Q:
How do you feel going into your first Chinese Grand Prix?

Pastor Maldonado:
I'm happy; I think we can get a good result. We've had a frustrating start to the year, for sure, but the reason it's been frustrating is because we haven't realised the potential of the car. We keep getting stopped by little problems, but we need to keep working and keep doing our best.

Q:
What is a realistic goal for you in Sunday's race?

Pastor Maldonado:
To finish in the points. Our race pace is better than our qualifying pace, although we're hoping to improve our qualifying pace here with a few set-up changes.

Q:
The Shanghai International Circuit is another new track for you. Do you like what you've seen?

Pastor Maldonado:
I walked around it for the first time on Wednesday and, prior to that, I'd driven it on the simulator at the factory. It doesn't look that difficult. It's quite technical and Turn One looks quite challenging. It has a very fast entry, at more than 310kph.

Q:
Will tyre wear be a factor here?

Pastor Maldonado:
I expect it to be more or less the same as in Malaysia. It depends on the track temperature, but we're not expecting the asphalt to be as hot here as it was at Sepang. We need to do some long runs during Friday practice and see how it looks.

Q:
Has the lack of race mileage to date affected your confidence in the car?

Pastor Maldonado:
Not at all. I'm very confident when I'm in the car, which is one of my good characteristics as a driver. I don't need to run thousands of miles to get used to the car. I just need a trouble-free weekend in order to show everyone what I can do.

Q:
There have been technical updates on the car at every race. What difference have they made to the performance?

Pastor Maldonado:
The new front wing in Malaysia made a small difference; everything is a step in the right direction. We have a bigger step on Rubens' car here and we're excited to see how it works out. There hasn't been enough time to get two lots of the update to China, but if it works out as we hope, it will be on my car at the next race in Turkey.

 

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