Lotus confirms Pastor Maldonado for 2016 season

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Lotus F1 Team has confirmed that Pastor Maldonado will remain at Enstone for the 2016 season.

In a statement issued on Sunday night following the conclusion of the Singapore Grand Prix, the British team confirmed that Maldonado’s tenure would extend into a third year in 2016.

“It’s great that the team can confirm my position as race driver for 2016,” Maldonado said. “Obviously, there has been a lot of speculation about the future and whilst I have remained focused on my job on track it is also positive to know that my future is confirmed.

“This season has presented us with some challenges but the quality of the squad at Enstone is clear to see. I really feel part of the family at Enstone and I’m looking forward to building on the work done this year to deliver better results in 2016.”

Lotus has been subject to speculation about a possible takeover by French manufacturer Renault for 2016, with talks currently ongoing. The team is known to be dealing with a number of financial issues at the moment, which will most likely be aided by the sizeable sponsorship that Maldonado offers.

“It’s a positive for the future of Lotus F1 Team that we are able to confirm publically that Pastor remains with us for next season,” team principal Gerard Lopez said.

“Everyone at Enstone will testify that Pastor is a terrific person to work with and we all know the performances he is capable of on track.

“Pastor joined us with a multi-year deal so this confirmation is a reiteration of our belief in him. We hope to be able to make further positive announcements regarding the team in the near future.”

The fate of Maldonado’s teammate, Romain Grosjean, is still uncertain, with recent speculation linking the Frenchman with a move to the newly-formed Haas F1 Team for its debut season in 2016.