Pastor Maldonado is optimistic the impending deal that will see Lotus evolve into a full factory Renault F1 effort next season will yield 'great things' for the Enstone team.

With Renault confirming it has signed a 'letter of intent' to purchase the Lotus F1 team - the first formal indication of its intentions with the outfit -, the French firm is set to conclude the deal in the coming weeks.

Despite the probable change of ownership, Lotus in its current guise has already announced one driver for the 2016 season with the retention of Maldonado for a third year.

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A deal that appears set to see Maldonado drive a full manufacturer-backed car for the first time in his F1 career, the Venezuelan is excited about its potential given its previous title-winning success.

"I'm looking forward to things progressing here. I've worked with Renault in the past and know that they are real racers. I know Enstone always works very hard and we've seen what the Enstone and Renault combination has achieved in the past. Let's hope there are great things ahead."

With current team-mate Romain Grosjean announcing his move to the incoming Haas F1 team in 2016 earlier in the week, attention has turned to who could now partner Maldonado next season. It is an outcome the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix has no intention of influencing.

"Honestly I have no preference. Throughout your career you work with a variety of team-mates so you get used to working with different people. Ultimately, everyone is trying to make the car faster and perform as well as it can for an event, so you're all working to the same objectives."


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Crashtor Maldonator maybe a pay driver, but he won a race on merit, not rain or accident, he really won that fair and square, and he gave williams a win for a very long time. Massa and Bottas had their chance last year when they are very close to Mercedes in some races, but didn't win a race.

I don't like crashtor but at least he deserve some respect, and without his sponsor's money, I doubt Lotus would have survived half season. His PDVSA Sponsor is about $ 50 Million, maybe a third of what Lotus budget or even half.