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Lotus confirms Maldonado for 2015

Lotus has confirmed Pastor Maldonado will continue to drive for the team in 2015 but remains guarded over who the second driver will be
Lotus has confirmed Pastor Maldonado will continue to drive for the team in 2015 but remains guarded over who the second driver will be.

Maldonado joined the team from Williams over the winter, bringing with him substantial backing from Venezuelan oil company PDVSA. Now Lotus has confirmed that it has taken up an option on another year for next season, with team principal Gerard Lopez saying there is more to come from the partnership.

"I don't want to give too much away, but as it's half way through the season I can confirm 50% of our driver line-up for 2015 as Pastor is with us for next year," Lopez said. "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."

Romain Grosjean's future remains uncertain but Lopez said the team doesn't need to prove to Grosjean that it can deliver a race-winning car.

"Romain is well aware of the prowess of Enstone after having finished on the podium for the past two years in one of our cars. Pastor was new to the team for this year but he recognises the potential of the squad."

Lotus is set to be powered by Mercedes engines in 2015 after agreeing a deal to switch from current supplier Renault.



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Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 E21. 18.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Practice Day.
19.04.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
19.04.2015 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
19.04.2015 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Roberto Merhi (ESP) Manor Marussia F1 Team
19.04.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
19.04.2015 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23 lr Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
19.04.2015 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
19.04.2015 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
19.04.2015 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
19.04.2015 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
19.04.2015 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T

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sodesu

July 19, 2014 9:12 PM

WHY? Sure, he's had periods of being not terrible in the past, he is a GP2 champ and a race winner, but this season he's been truly awful. They must really need his money, because that definitely seems to be his only useful contribution.



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