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Pastor Maldonado will race for Lotus next year extending his stay with the Enstone-based team for a second successive season.
The Venezuelan driver, heavily backed by sponsor PDVSA, joined Lotus this season after he left Williams following his three years with the British team.
The future of both Lotus drivers, including Romain Grosjean, had been under speculation recently but team principal Gerard Lopez revealed that there’ll be at least some continuity next year.
“I don’t want to give too much away, but as it’s half way through the season I can confirm 50 percent 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.”
Lotus is also expected to switch from Renault power units to Mercedes in 2015 although the deal is yet to be confirmed.
“We do have some great things to come, but it’s important that the team is not stopping developing this year’s car as there is still a lot we can learn; we are going to fight hard for every point we can achieve this year,” Lopez said.
“Looking forward, we have been able to take steps to ensure that 2014’s lessons have been learnt and we get back to where we want to be in 2015 – fighting for podiums.
“Our 2014 car hasn’t given us the results we’ve wanted, so watch this space in 2015 and beyond!” he added.