Maldonado: No preference for new teammate in 2016

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Pastor Maldonado has no preference over his new teammate at Lotus in 2016 as the team begins its search for Romain Grosjean’s replacement.

Grosjean confirmed earlier this week that he would be leaving Lotus at the end of the current season to join the newly-formed Haas Formula 1 Team, freeing up a seat at Enstone.

Maldonado has already been confirmed by the team for next year, when it is poised to race under the Renault banner following a pending buy-out. However, he has little preference over who will be joining him for 2016.

“Honestly I have no preference,” the Venezuelan said. “Throughout your career you work with a variety of team-mates so you get used to working with different people.

“Ultimately, everyone is trying to make the car faster and perform as well as it can for an event, so you’re all working to the same objectives.”

On Monday, Renault announced that it had signed a letter of intent ahead of its purchase of Lotus, and although the deal is still not complete, Maldonado is excited about what the future holds for the Enstone-based operation.

“This is positive news and I’m looking forward to things progressing here,” Maldonado said. “I’ve worked with Renault in the past and know that they are real racers.

“I know Enstone always works very hard and we’ve seen what the Enstone and Renault combination has achieved in the past. Let’s hope there are great things ahead.”