Pastor Maldonado is expected to sign for Lotus this week and fire up the drivers` market for the final places on the grid for the 2014 Formula One world championship season.
Lotus say they still have faith in would-be investors Quantum Motorsports coming up with the long-awaited money despite continuing delays to a deal.
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen will miss the final two races of the 2013 Formula 1 season as he will be undergoing a back surgery next week.
Unpaid Kimi Raikkonen on Friday threatened to walk out on Lotus in a dramatic Abu Dhabi Grand Prix gesture of defiance.
Kimi Raikkonen`s return to Ferrari alongside Fernando Alonso has handed Formula One a compelling storyline for the next two seasons.
Lotus can take time to announce a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen because they are now the Formula One team with the most sought after driver vacancy, says team principal Eric Boullier.
Kimi Raikkonen`s record run of 27 successive Formula One races in the points came to an end when the Lotus driver retired from the Belgian Grand Prix.
Finnish racing driver Kimi Raikkonen has ruled out a move to the Red Bull team in the next season.
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen has said that Formula One team Mercedes, led by ace driver Lewis Hamilton, could spring a surprise at the opening Australian Grand Prix.
Lotus has become the first Formula 1 team to unveil its car for the 2013 season.
Kimi Raikkonen`s Lotus team pulled out of the second pre-season Formula One test in Barcelona on Tuesday after a problem with their new car.
Malaysian-owned Lotus Racing could have a completely new identity in Formula One next season although team principal Tony Fernandes says he wants to keep the Lotus name if he can.
Jarno Trulli of Italy and Finland`s Heikki Kovalainen were unveiled Monday as drivers for the new Malaysian-backed Lotus team in its debut 2010 Formula One season.
The new Malaysian-backed Lotus Formula One team has signed its first driver, principal Tony Fernandes said on Saturday without giving any name.
Day in Pics: 26th November
Showbiz World - November 26, 2014