Maldonado is staying with Lotus for next season

Pastor Maldonado is staying with the Lotus F1 team
Pastor Maldonado is staying with the Lotus F1 team

The Lotus F1 team has confirmed the continuation of its existing contract with Pastor Maldonado for the 2016 season.

Maldonado will continue as a race driver for his third year with the Enstone Formula 1 team after joining at the start of 2014.

Team boss Gerard Lopez said: “It’s a positive for the future of the Lotus F1 team that we are able to confirm publically that Pastor remains with us for next season.

“Pastor joined us with a multi-year deal so this confirmation is a reiteration of our belief in him. We hope to be able to make further positive announcements regarding the team in the near future.”

Maldonado added: “Obviously, there has been a lot of speculation about the future and while I have remained focused on my job on track it is also positive to know that my future is confirmed.

“This season has presented us with some challenges but the quality of the squad at Enstone is clear to see. I really feel part of the family at Enstone and I’m looking forward to building on the work done this year to deliver better results in 2016.”