Whilst it didn’t come as too much of a surprise when it was announced on Friday that Pastor Maldonado would join Lotus for the 2014 season, the news has divided opinion.
The preferred driver choice for the cash-strapped Enstone team was thought to be Nico Hulkenberg, who now looks set to move back to Force India.
But with the German bringing little in the way of funds with him and an investment deal with Quantum Motorsports failing to materialise, Lotus appear to have had their hand forced slightly in taking Maldonado and his PDVSA millions.
Maldonado did show flashes of brilliance for Williams, no more so than when he won the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. But his moments have been few and far between, and he lost many fans when he accused his Williams team of sabotaging his car’s tyres during qualifying for the U.S. Grand Prix.
So what are Lotus letting themselves in for? Here are five things we can learn from Maldonado’s switch of sides.