The middle of a race weekend is an unusual time to announce a driver contract extension, but Lotus have revealed Pastor Maldonado will remain with them for the rest of the season and 2015 as well.
In a Q&A posted on the official Lotus website after qualifying in Germany, team principal Gérard Lopez spoke of their plans for next season: “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. 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.”
It comes at a good time for Maldonado to boost his spirits, as the Venezuelan dropped out of qualifying in Germany during the first session. Head of Trackside Operations Alan Permane firmly blames FRIC, saying: “The suspension changes we've had to make for this weekend have complicated things for us. It's clear we lack pace relative to our opposition.”
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