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Pastor Maldonado confirmed for Lotus drive

Updated: Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 22:52 | Comments

Pastor Maldonado
Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado has been confirmed as a Lotus driver for the 2015 Formula One season.

The current campaign has been a troubled one for Maldonado and Lotus so far, with the Venezuelan yet to score a point for the Enstone-based marque.

But given Lotus' seemingly difficult financial circumstances at times, the money Maldonado brings with him from state-owned oil giant PDVSA helps considerably.

It means owner Gerard Lopez has wasted little time in confirming one half of his driver line-up for next season.

Speaking to his team's website, Lopez said: "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.

"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."

As for Romain Grosjean, who Lopez has previously claimed has the talent to drive for a bigger team, the Frenchman's future remains uncertain.

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