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Lack of points not an issue for motivation - Maldonado

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Pastor Maldonado is sure his first points of 2014 will come soon after failing to finish higher than 14th this year.

The Lotus driver has retired from three of the seven races this year and failed to make the start of the Monaco Grand Prix. He has suffered reliability issues but has also been involved in a number of incidents and has notched up four penalty points against him this season.

Nevertheless, Maldonado says his motivation is still high and he is sure the points will come soon.

"I am very motivated," he said. "I think we have some good weekends ahead of us and there are still so many races to go. The European part of the season is very important for us, so let's push hard, do our best and for sure we will be in the points soon.

"We all know what we have to do and we are all pushing hard. Yes, we can all get frustrated, but ultimately we all want to achieve success so we remain positive. We can see how much improvement there has been with pace from the car and once we have all the reliability issues sorted we'll be regularly fighting for points. Once we're there, the next target is to fight for more points and then podiums. We've seen that the Mercedes are not perfect and can be beaten. Even they had reliability issues in Canada."

Despite his difficult start to the season, Maldonado is still approaching each weekend confident he will get the most out of the car.

"I still keep pushing and it's still possible to achieve good things this year. We have had a third of the season which has been a challenge - a big challenge - but we still have two thirds of the year to go with many circuits which should suit our car. You arrive at every track with the target of having the best weekend possible and finding as much performance from the car and yourself. This does not change if you've had a difficult last weekend in the car."

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