Maldonado interested in Lotus seat for 2014

Pastor Maldonado

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)

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  • 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.