Maldonado: I have a deal for 2016

Date published: August 21 2015

Pastor Maldonado is adamant that his seat with Lotus is secure even if Enstone outfit are taken over by Renault.

There is uncertainty around the future of Lotus with reports suggesting French manufacturer Renault will buy back the squad at the end of this campaign and then run it as works team next year.

It has led to suggestions that the new owners might want to bring their own drivers, but Maldonado says he has a contract for 2016.

"I have a deal until the end of next season," the Venezuelan is quoted as saying by Motorsport.com. "At the moment it is all looking fine, but for sure you never know in F1."

Maldonado and Romain Grosjean have been Lotus' drivers for the past two seasons and, although the team have made strides forward following a disastrous 2014 campaign, they are still not where they want to be.

Should the Renault deal go ahead, then there could be major changes, but Maldonado insists it won't affect him.

"I think it will not affect anything in my situation," he said. "I just wish the best for the team, because at the moment the team is living a difficult time.

"It is a great team, they are very professional and passionate about racing. Even at this time, we race all together, all doing our best and fighting until the last lap.

"We are not happy where we are at the moment and we think there is something else to find in the track and outside the track. We are always trying to do our best."