Lotus boss wants Hulkenberg but admits talks with Maldonado for 2014 26 October, 2013 Pastor Maldonado Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has admitted Pastor Maldonado is in the running to race for Lotus in 2014, but at the same time, he made it clear that his preferred pick to replace the Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen is Nico Hulkenberg. “I would love to (sign him),” Frenchman Boullier told Formula 1’s official website. “This is the recommendation that I gave to my board.” The board, however, will have to weigh its decision against financial considerations, with Lotus’ 35 per cent sale to a group of investors called Quantum still not confirmed. “We already dragged this out for many months, but we cannot drag it out forever,” said Boullier. “We have a deadline — and I hope they will not miss it.” If Quantum does miss the deadline, Hulkenberg might miss out. In that scenario, Maldonado might leap to the front of the queue thanks to his millions in backing by Venezuela’s PDVSA. Asked by the British broadcaster Sky if Lotus has been in contact with Maldonado, despite PDVSA’s contract with Williams, Boullier admitted: “We had discussions with him, yes, it’s true. “They are still going on,” he added. Ferrari refugee Felipe Massa is another driver in the running, but Grosjean admitted that, if he could choose, he would sign Hulkenberg. “But,” Grosjean told Die Welt newspaper, “Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Massa would also be great teammates.” (GMM) Tweet Related NewsMaldonado set to sign for Lotus this week and fire up driver marketLotus would prefer Hulkenberg over Maldonado for 2014Hulkenberg in frame for 2014 race seat at Lotus, Force India or SauberRaikkonen to Sauber and Hulkenberg to Lotus for Austin?Lotus prospective investor Quantum wants Hulkenberg for 2014Has Maldonado secured Lotus drive at expense of Hulkenberg?Grosjean: Hulkenberg would be an ideal teammateGrosjean looks certain for Lotus in 2014 as Hulkenberg waitsHulkenberg has nothing to report on Lotus futureBoullier: Hulkenberg is our choice, we would love to sign him Rick Why any team, despite the millions he brings in sign this moron? BoycotttheBoycott Good! I’d love to see LOLtus sign Maldo… then I can really hate them with all of my black heart. Maldoquado This is why F1 has been loosing credibility over the years. The majority of the drivers have been picked by the size of their wallets and parents buying seats for their spoiled kids. It’s such BS. The racing stinks, its become way too political. Great tracks have been removed from the calendar to make way for boring CAD designed courses that remind the viewer of high end video games rather than real driver tracks. The engines sound like dental drills on stereoids and stupid driver aids are used to create artificial overtaking opportunities. I havent watched the last 3 races for the first time in 30 years!!! Obviously, I didn’t miss anything.