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Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado has had his fair share of criticism over the last two seasons but it was announced this weekend that the PDVSA-backed driver will stay on for the 2015 season according to team boss Gerard Lopez:

“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,” said Lopez.

“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.”

In his defense, the Lotus F1 car has been a real handful this year and got a late start to the season. No announcement about his teammate, Romain Grosjean, yet but one can assume that PDVSA money is still flowing Lotus’s way. If you were looking for pay drivers, would Pastor be the one you choose for 2015?

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  • Rising gas prices,,,,

  • Brilliant photo

  • Translation: Lotus needs Pastor’s money. Nobody has as much money as Pastor, and Lotus needs every penny, so it’s not even as if it’s Pastor v other pay drivers. It’s probably Pastor v bankruptcy. As such, the normal determiners of merit are moot.

    I agree with bigbrof1 about the super photo :)

  • Chuck C

    The actual quote was:

    “As anyone with a brain can see, it’s halfway through the season I can confirm 80 per cent of our operating budget for 2015, as Bolivar …err … Pastor is with us for next year,” said Lopez. “Despite being fortunate to finish a race this season, he recognises our true potential as a team and we recognise the size of PDVSA’s bank account. We really wish he’d stop crashing into things, though.”

  • Sod’s Law

    Brill Chuck and not too far off the mark I would suspect. Money or no, desire or no, luck or no, Pastor is simply not a championship driver. It is abundantly clear that Lotus would not be here if it were not for PDVSA money. They are a thinly financed team with little or no hope of competing unless Gerard L. lines up some real financing. No driver can bring enough green to the table to make an F1 team successful. It takes real money.