Maldonado would welcome JPS back at Lotus

JPS has history in F1 here with Ayrton Senna in 1985

JPS has history in F1, here with Ayrton Senna in 1985

Pastor Maldonado would welcome back John Player Special (JPS) as a sponsor to Lotus.

When the Enstone based team first adopted its familiar black and gold livery in 2011, it instantly triggered memories of the original Team Lotus, sponsored in the 70s and 80s by John Player Special.

But according to reports in the Hungaroring paddock, JPS – now headed by the British tobacco giant Imperial – could be back for real in 2015.

Cigarette advertising in Formula 1 is banned, but Ferrari continues to be backed by Philip Morris, whose Marlboro colours are reflected on the Italian team’s cars and logos.

Venezuelan Maldonado on Thursday indicated he would have no problem being sponsored by a tobacco company like Imperial.

“It’s difficult to say because I’m not getting involved in marketing and this part of the team,” he said. “But for sure, a sponsor is welcome. Whoever can join the team, it’s always welcome.”

“From my point of view, it’s a good team in terms of image, marketing, one of the best in Formula 1, for sure,” Maldonado added. (GMM)