Lotus confirm Maldonado for 2015

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Pastor Maldonado will stay with Lotus for the 2015 season, team principal Gerard Lopez confirmed on Saturday.

Maldonado, who joined Lotus from Williams at the end of 2013, has struggled since his move, and is still to score a point for the Enstone-based outfit.

Despite this, Lopez has confirmed that the former GP2 champion, who brings considerable financial backing to the team via Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, will extend his stay with Lotus into a second year.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but as it’s halfway through the season I can confirm 50 per cent of our driver line-up for 2015, as Pastor is with us for next year,” Lopez told the team’s website.

“Despite the difficulties we’ve had so far this season, he recognises our true potential as a team and we recognise his true potential as a driver.

“We will achieve great things together.”

It remains to be seen whether Maldonado’s team-mate Romain Grosjean will stay with Lotus for 2015, with the Frenchman admitting during the British Grand Prix that he is considering his options after the team’s struggles this season.

Grosjean starts Sunday’s German Grand Prix 14th on the grid, while the Venezuelan was just 19th fastest, outqualified by Jules Bianchi in the Marussia.

Image courtesy of Lotus F1 Team

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