Pastor Maldonado said he was encouraged by the performance of his Lotus before his race was compromised by contact with team mate Romain Grosjean.
Lotus has revealed Romain Grosjean was delayed by a minor problem with his power unit during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Lotus has appointed 25-year-old GP3 racer Adderly Fong as a development driver for the 2015 season.
Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi expects the German Grand Prix to return to the calendar next year following its late disappearance from the 2015 schedule.
Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi said it had been a “frustrating day” for the team after both its cars retired on the first lap of the Australian Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean says he wants to remind people what he and Lotus are capable of in 2015.
Lotus has become the latest team to confirm it only used a single Mercedes power unit throughout its pre-season testing.
Now with F1’s best power unit in the back of its cars, Lotus expects to be back at the sharp end of the grid in 2015.
Pastor Maldonado’s crash which ended Lotus’s participation in the final pre-season test of 2015 was caused by a “braking-related issue”.
GP3 driver Carmen Jorda has been appointed as development driver for Lotus.