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On the face of it, Pastor Maldonado appears to be in a strong position thanks to the substantial backing he brings with him from Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA.
Having recently announced he is to part company with Williams, Maldonado has been strongly linked to a drive with Lotus due to the growing doubts concerning the team securing an investment deal with Quantum Motorsports.
The Venezuelan revealed on Friday that he is also in discussions with Force India and Sauber but following a fractious US Grand Prix where he accused Williams of sabotaging his car, teams will want Maldonado to show in Brazil that he is more than just a commercial asset and not a potential disruptive influence.
"Lotus is a good option, but even Sauber is a good option, even Force India is a good option," Maldonado told Autosport. "They have shown that they are very competitive.
"Force India has been more competitive than McLaren this year at the beginning. I think all of them have good potential for the future. We all know very well who has available seats and we will see."