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