The battle to replace Kimi Raikkonen appears to be a straight fight between Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado after Eric Boullier confirmed to Sky Sports News the team have opened discussions with the South American. The seat being vacated by the Ferrari-bound Finn is one of the most sought after in F1 and both Felipe Massa and Hulkenberg have been heavily linked with the drive.
However, Boullier confirmed to Sky Sports News in the paddock at India that, in addition to "one" of either Massa or Hulkenberg featuring on Lotus' two-man short-list, Williams driver Maldonado was under consideration.
"We have had talks with him," confirmed Boullier to Sky's Rachel Brookes....
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