Lotus has confirmed that Pastor Maldonado will stay at the team for the 2015 Formula 1 season.
The Venezuelan joined the Enstone-based outfit at the beginning of the year, but has suffered a difficult first campaign with the tricky E22.
He spent three seasons racing for the Williams team before making the switch to Lotus, in the hope that the team would continue to challenge at the front after strong performances in 2012 and 2013.
Lotus co-chairman and team principal Gerard Lopez confirmed the news in an interview posted on the team’s website after qualifying on Saturday.
“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,” he 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.”
Maldonado has so far failed to score a point for the team, registering a best finish of 12th place at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean’s future at Lotus isn’t so clear. “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,” Lopez added.
The Frenchman admitted earlier in the German Grand Prix weekend that he is keeping his options open for next season.
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