The Lotus F1 Team has one-half of its 2015 driver line-up sorted, announcing that Pastor Maldonado will remain with the Enstone squad for another year.

The Venezuelan and his multi-million-dollar backing from the government-owned PDVSA oil and gas miners switched to Lotus during the 2013-2014 off-season after a three-year stint with Williams.

The 29-year-old has, however, not enjoyed a happy change of scene, failing to score a point in the twin-nose Lotus Renault E22, which was late in being launched and has suffered a number of developmental issues, Maldonado has not helped his cause either, with a number of crashes to-date.

That being said, Lotus F1 Team chairman and team principal Gérard Lopez remains suitability convinced by Maldonado’s skills – and chequebook – to keep him on.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but as it’s half way through the season I can confirm 50 per cent of our driver line-up for 2015 as Pastor is with us for next year,” Lopez said at this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

“Despite the difficulties we’ve had so far this season, he recognises our true potential as a team and we recognise his true potential as a driver. We will achieve great things together.”

Lopez indicated he was hopeful of being able to lock down Maldonado’s teammate, Romain Grosjean, for at least another year. The Frenchman is being linked with a possible switch to McLaren, where he would reunite with his manager Eric Boullier, who joined the team at the beginning of the year as its Race Director.

“Romain is well aware of the prowess of Enstone after having finished on the podium for the past two years in one of our cars,” Lopez added.

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