Pas­tor looks set for a Lo­tus seat

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VENEZUE­LAN Pas­tor Mal­don­ado is set to be named as Lo­tus’s driver for the 2014 sea­son along­side France’s Ro­main Gros­jean, Au­ re­ported yes­ter­day. Mal­don­ado has spent three sea­sons with Wil­liams, win­ning the Span­ish Grand Prix in 2012, but only notched up one point this sea­son with his 10th place in Hun­gary. The 28-year-old, sup­ported by sta­te­owned Venezue­lan oil and gas gi­ant PDVSA, an­nounced re­cently he was quit­ting the team, lead­ing to talks with Lo­tus and Sauber. But Mal­don­ado has re­port­edly fo­cused his ef­forts on Lo­tus since the Brazil­ian GP and it is said that a deal has been agreed in prin­ci­ple for him to race along­side Gros­jean next year. The Venezue­lan should bring 35 mil­lion eu­ros (close to R500m) an­nual spon­sor­ship from PDVSA to the fi­nan­cially strug­gling Lo­tus team, who failed to pay Finn Kimi Raikko­nen part of his salary this sea­son. – AFP

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