Maldonado interested in Lotus seat for 2014 9 October, 2013 Pastor Maldonado He may have a watertight contract with Williams, but Pastor Maldonado has itchy feet at the team who have under-performed massively this season. On Wednesday of Auto Motor und Sport, made the claim, reporting that the Venezuelan has made an approach to Lotus about replacing the Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen. The patience of the 28-year-old, who brings millions to Williams in the form of his state-connected PDVSA sponsorship, has reportedly run out. Maldonado is apparently desperate for a better car, but German correspondent Michael Schmidt said Williams can actually rest easy. “The contract with Maldonado’s South American sponsors is watertight,” he revealed, claiming Williams got the deal re-checked recently by a top lawyer in London. Schmidt added that the PDVSA contract, worth about € 35 million to Williams every year, runs until 2015. Nonetheless, Maldonado is quoted as having said: “This year I’m here. Next year I don’t know where I’ll be.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsNasr could join Massa at Williams as reserve driverMassa and Bottas expected to be confirmed by Williams for 2013Williams denies being in talks to lure Brawn backHas Maldonado secured Lotus drive at expense of Hulkenberg?Silly season latest has Massa going to Williams for next five yearsJuncadella plays down reports of Williams drive for 2014Maldonado denies Williams tensions and says he will be in F1 in 2014Maldonado exit from Williams could open door for Massa beyond 2013Salo: Bottas deserves Williams seat for 2014 seasonCoughlan: We at Williams want to break into the top five Adriana Please nooooo , first Lotus let main engineers go and know they will possible pair Pastor with Romain ?? then the team has to change the name to TSBR the slag brothers racing. Boycottthebull Lotus would be crazy to sign Maldonado instead of Hulkenberg. The cant afford to fix the crashes he causes. Traguardo lol @ boycot. Crashtor will also drag Romain back into his firstlap-nutcase-syndrom… if they do that i foresee a a lot of DDNF’s (DoubleDNF) Romain is doing is steady job though this season, and the last races he really seems to step it all up a notch. good thing. Dr. Azlan Wow $35m per year !!! (in pounds !!!) Eazy E Please make this happen… Pasta Maldonado at “Lotus” will be a dream come true!!! Jack He and Felipe Massa should make their own team Hahahaha MikeTheGreat Yeap… No problem here! You can leave! No problem! Just leave Williams and you can go wherever you want to go… Just not in Williams. We NEED a better (a far better that is) driver that works on the car and does not complain every two seconds… Ruben Vargas Pastor Maldonado irá a Lotus. El contrato de williams estipula que si maldonado sale, entrará otro venezolano por él (el contrato termina a finales de 2014), sin embargo, la relación “lotus – total – pdvsa” debe discutirse. Maldonado ha mostrado agresividad y técnica, pero eso está manchado con los percances. Muchos no han visto que Maldonado ha sido campeón en cada categoría que ha participado, y eso no ha sido por regalarle flores a sus contrincantes. Maldonado en Lotus significa podios seguros.