PDVSA confirms that Maldonado working to secure Lotus seat

Pastor Maldonado looking to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus

Pastor Maldonado looking to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus

According to the paddock buzz in Austin, Nico Hulkenberg is no longer in the running for the 2014 race seat at Lotus.

Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez has hinted to the newspaper El Nacional that Pastor Maldonado’s PDVSA millions are being switched from Williams to Lotus.

“The team is changing [from Williams] and what he is working on is going to Lotus,” said the PDVSA president.

Maldonado confirmed: “We are talking to teams but we are quite clear about where we want to go.

“I believe [that] in the coming days we will have a confirmation,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace.

The news of PDVSA’s switch to Lotus, whose ‘Quantum’ investment appears to have fallen over, will also be a blow for Sauber, who recently welcomed Maldonado to Hinwil for a meeting, presumed to be about where he will drive next year.

Also assessing his ever-diminishing options is German Hulkenberg, who is now fending off a new and powerful addition to the 2014 driver market – the Telmex-backed Mexican Sergio Perez.

Force India might now be Hulkenberg’s last hope of a 2014 seat, as his current team Sauber muses the possibility of an all-Mexican lineup, featuring Perez alongside Esteban Gutierrez.

“We have several options,” team boss Monisha Kaltenborn is quoted by Sport1, “but a team like ours has to consider how it stands financially.

“We have never chosen drivers by nationality,” she added. “We are talking about drivers who are both talented.” (GMM)

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  • Boycottthebull

    So that Pakistani American businessman that heads Quantum turned out to be a faker like the reports suggested. He certainly sounded like a snake oil salesman doing his interviews and press releases promising all wages would be paid and bringing Hulkenberg on board. Lotus would be better fielding one car than Maldonado in the second. He is going to crash out so many times that all the sponsorship money will be spent on repairs not to mention ruin what little goodwill reputation they have left. I think they would be better with Kovalainen, he doesnt seem like the type that would demand big bucks he would just be happy to have the seat.

  • Mopar21222

    Disgusting stuff, way too many bullshitters and wankers who are messing things up for genuine talent like the Hulk. I was hoping that PDVSA was pulling the plug on F1, apparently not. No Quantum, no Russian $$$ to save those teams.

    Didn’t Carlos Slim say a while back that he would buy Sauber and make it Scuderia Mexico? Esteban deserves another year, so this appears to be the case. Checo will land at Sauber and probably Petrov at Force India, both bringing big $$$.

    Looks like Hulk at Ferrari as the 3rd driver, ready to step-in when one of those drivers quit. Or Hulk could go to Ganassi in Indycar for a year.

  • Nowhereman

    Hulk to Indy for a year would be good for him.
    He’d make some money and win a few races I believe.
    No mater how much money the Mexican mafia brings to teams, they will never win because they bring team disease with them.
    Those two twits should go to the states and by an Indy seat.

  • McLarenfan

    I wouldn’t trust Maldonado to park a banger car in a car park.
    Lotus needs to look at this pay drivers history he is a liability and all their hard work producing the car they will need to bring enough to rebuild the car at lest 4 times a race. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING!!!!!

  • M451

    Perez deserves that seat more, Maldonado should be out of F1.

  • Dr. Azlan

    Sad era, very sad indeed for F1.

  • Dr. Azlan

    It has nothing to do with Maldonado, it’s all about PDVSA money. If you wish injury upon Maldonado somehow, well PDVSA will quickly find his replacement ready for the next race.

  • ZombieJebus

    Please make this happen. “Lotus” and Pasta Maldolieanado deserve each other!

  • tod

    Please Gods of F1 Noooooo!!!