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MOTORSPORT: Maldonado in running with Lotus
10:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
Pastor Maldonado could make a dramatic switch between Oxfordshire’s top two Formula 1 teams.
The 28-year-old Venezuelan is reported to be definitely on his way out from the Grove-based Williams outfit at the end of the season.
And now it’s emerged he is vying with Nico Hulkenberg to replace Kimi Raikkonen at the Enstone-based Lotus outfit, with the Finn moving to Ferrari in 2014.
Both drivers are understood to have finalised deals with Lotus, who must choose between them.
Sauber driver Hulkenberg is believed to be Lotus’s No 1 choice, but it could depend on concluding an investment deal that has been dragging for months.
Maldonado’s hopes depend on him being able to take backing from a company contracted to Williams.
He is also reported to be in the running for a move to either Sauber or Force India.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa is understood to be a leading contender to replace Maldonado at Williams, while Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas is expected to stay with the Grove team for a second season.
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