Maldonado: No preference for team-mate

Pastor Maldonado insists he does not mind who Lotus sign as the search for his new team-mate gets underway.

Lotus have already confirmed Maldonado for next year's championship but the identity of his team-mate is unknown as Romain Grosjean is off to Haas.

Test driver Jolyon Palmer is just one hopeful along with Kevin Magnussen and French racers Jean-Eric Vergne and Esteban Ocon.

Maldonado, though, isn't at all fazed as to which way the team goes.

He insisted: "Honestly I have no preference.

"Throughout your career you work with a variety of team-mates so you get used to working with different people.

"Ultimately, everyone is trying to make the car faster and perform as well as it can for an event, so you're all working to the same objectives."

Those objectives are set to get a welcome boost from Renault coming onboard.

The French manufacturer recently signed a letter of intent to purchase the Lotus team.

"This is positive news and I'm looking forward to things progressing here," said Maldonado.

"I've worked with Renault in the past and know that they are real racers.

"I know Enstone always works very hard and we've seen what the Enstone and Renault combination has achieved in the past. Let's hope there are great things ahead."

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