Lotus retain Maldonado for 2016


Just hours after it was let slip that Romain Grosjean is off to Haas, Lotus have confirmed Pastor Maldonado for next year's campaign.

Despite the uncertainty shrouding Lotus' future with the team poised to be bought by Renault, they are pushing on with their 2016 plans.

And that includes securing their driver line-up.

The team has announced that Maldonado, who joined in 2014 from Williams, would stay on for a third season.

"It's great that the team can confirm my position as race driver for 2016," he said.

"Obviously, there has been a lot of speculation about the future and whilst I have remained focused on my job on track it is also positive to know that my future is confirmed.

"This season has presented us with some challenges but the quality of the squad at Enstone is clear to see.

"I really feel part of the family at Enstone and I'm looking forward to building on the work done this year to deliver better results in 2016."

Meanwhile team principal Gerard Lopez says retaining the Venezuelan driver, who brings with him millions from Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, is a positive sign for Lotus.

"It's a positive for the future of Lotus F1 Team that we are able to confirm publically that Pastor remains with us for next season," he said.

"Everyone at Enstone will testify that Pastor is a terrific person to work with and we all know the performances he is capable of on track.

"Pastor joined us with a multi-year deal so this confirmation is a reiteration of our belief in him. We hope to be able to make further positive announcements regarding the team in the near future."