Maldonado to remain at Lotus in 2015

2015 F1 season

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Hockenheimring, 2014Pastor Maldonado will continue to drive for Lotus next year, the team have confirmed.

Team principal Federico Gastaldi said Maldonado will remain with the team for a second year in a Q&A on the team’s website.

“I can confirm 50% of our driver line-up for 2015 as Pastor is with us for next year,” said Gastaldi.

“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 have suffered a difficult start to the season and scored only eight point so far, all of which were earned by Maldonado’s team mate Romain Grosjean.

“Romain is well aware of the prowess of Enstone after having finished on the podium for the past two years in one of our cars,” said Gastaldi. “Pastor was new to the team for this year but he recognises the potential of the squad.”

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33 comments on Maldonado to remain at Lotus in 2015

  1. activewings (@activewings) said on 19th July 2014, 20:56

    RIP Lotus. I hope Romain finds a better team.

  2. tino852 (@tino852) said on 19th July 2014, 20:58

    Long may he reign!

  3. Rigi (@rigi) said on 19th July 2014, 20:59

    Romain definately needs to move teams now. Lotus is no longer a good place to stay.

  4. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 19th July 2014, 21:05

    An alternative headline would be “Lotus secures finances for 2015″, so in that sense, this is very, very good news.

  5. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 19th July 2014, 21:08

    I know this is an article regarding Maldonado, but can Grosjean stay with Lotus considering they are switching to Mercedes engines next year? I can’t see Total fuelling a Mercedes engine and Grosjean has had links to Renault for years. Then again, maybe Lotus can live without Total’s money due to this news and Grosjean can cut all ties to Renault. It’s an interesting one anyway.

  6. Well Maldonado hasn’t exactly been driving brilliantly nor have Lotus delivered a car which is fast or reliable… I’m amazed Maldonado hasn’t looked elsewhere to be honest…

  7. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 19th July 2014, 21:50

    In other words, the money is still flowing even if Maldonado has been outperformed by his team mate in a rather recalcitrant beast of a car. Grosjean has scored all of the team’s 2014 points, by the way.

    There is something so wrong with this; “Romain is well aware of the prowess of Enstone…

    Sadly the financial problems (mismanagement?) of this team have led to the re-signing of a questionable pay driver after many of the top technical staff have long since flown the coop. Merely having a Mercedes engine package won’t solve their deeper issues.

  8. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 19th July 2014, 22:34

    It must have been that incredible lap that put him within half a second of Bianchi that got him the contract offer.

  9. sozavele (@formula-1) said on 19th July 2014, 22:37

    I’m not sure why and even with the French ties and Renault ties I can see Romain ending up at McLaren next season.

    • Breno (@austus) said on 19th July 2014, 23:06

      I dont quite see it happening, but it would be a decent move from Grosjean, either he gets back into the high midfield or he gets a shot at a new era for Mclaren.

      • S.Hein said on 20th July 2014, 4:11

        The thing is, is that a good move from lotus to mclaren? Mc have their young drivers and Magnussen is performing ok(he’s a rookie after all). I suspect Mclaren could give RoGro for, let’s say, 1 year’s drive and see how he performs. If he really didn’t like the car, Mclaren could use their young drivers like Vandoore and Romain will probably end up like Kovalainen. Of course that is just personal suspect. I’m a RoGro fan and Hopefully there’s a bright future for him.

  10. Maybe the Twitter guy is better out of Lotus, because he would have made so much fun of “Enstone prowess” that he’d ‘ve been fired anyway.

  11. Paul (@frankjaeger) said on 20th July 2014, 0:01


  12. chris96GR said on 20th July 2014, 0:07

    God help us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. chris96GR said on 20th July 2014, 0:10

    he should be kicked out from F1

  14. Yes (@come-on-kubica) said on 20th July 2014, 0:17

    Do we really have to put up with this man for another season? He’s probably been the worse driver this season or maybe Sutil/Gutierrez. I could see Romain move on, maybe Boullier will get him at Mclaren and oust Whitmarsh’s boy Jenson.

  15. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 20th July 2014, 0:43

    I have no respect for Lotus anymore…

  16. Considering the amount of money they’re going to get for their position in the WCC right now, which I doubt is going to change for the better, I’d say this is pretty much inevitable.

  17. Darren B (@downwithdrs) said on 20th July 2014, 9:38

    Pastor needs to perform well next year, otherwise he needs to find another vocation!

  18. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 20th July 2014, 10:24

    I’m wondering, whether it’s really worth having Maldonado in the team. Yes, he brings a big bag of money, but Lotus lose money, when 1) they have to repair his car after he crashes; 2) a better drivers would bring better results to the team, which would turn to more prize money and maybe attracting more sponsorship; 3) a better driver would certainly push development of the car more and would also turn to better results (and I mentioned what better results mean in paragraph 2).

    I don’t say they have to hire a big name like Raikkonen, which is very expensive, but there are lots of cheap quality drivers like Hulkenberg, Perez, Frinjs or Bianchi.

  19. R.J. O'Connell (@rjoconnell) said on 20th July 2014, 17:45

    This is pretty much the definition of “buying low”.

    I just hope that with Merc engines and hopefully, HOPEFULLY a restructured team for 2015 and a more capable chassis, that we get the 2012 Maldonado back, because that dude was fun to watch.

  20. Tivjard said on 23rd November 2014, 15:16

    Maldonado should not be racing in F1. Other than been one of the worst drivers, his country is bankrupted, the only reason he still races is because of corruption. F1 organizers should look very deeply into this matter.

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