Pastor Maldonado's tenure as a staple on the Formula One grid may well be about to come to an end due to complications from the Renault takeover rumours surrounding the Lotus Formula 1 team, after PDVSA put their sponsorship money on hold.
With a Renault takeover seemingly imminent following an allegedly successful meeting between the two parties on Monday, Maldonado's main sponsor, PDVSA (a Venezuelan oil company), have put their contribution to Lotus's income stream on hold until the waters clear, leaving Lotus out to dry in the process.
Without the money from the PDVSA deal, which comes in at a reported $50 million, Lotus have been unable to continue the development of their car nor pay their bills, which resulted in their equipment being impounded at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit just a few short hours after Romain Grosjean gave the team their first podium since the 2013 American Grand Prix.
The main issue for Maldonado and his sponsors comes from the fact that his team mate is backed by French rival oil company Total, and at the present moment, Grosjean appears to be Renault's preferred driver for 2016 should they be forced to chose between the two. Meanwhile, a cryptic tweet from former Sauber F1 driver, Esteban Gutierrez, posted from Paris has thrust the young Mexican firmly into the limelight should Maldonado or Grosjean not be retained.
No doubt more will be revealed at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. So stick and stay with RaceDepartment.com for all the developments on this and many more breaking stories in Formula One.
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