Lotus has admitted for the first time that Pastor Maldonado will boost the Enstone based team's coffers in 2014.
Earlier, Venezuelan Maldonado said there was no guarantee his departure from Williams would mean his lucrative backer PDVSA will follow him to his next F1 team.
And when Lotus announced that the 28-year-old is arriving to replace Kimi Raikkonen for 2014, it made no mention of the Venezuelan oil giant's millions.
But team boss Eric Boullier always said the not-significantly-sponsored Nico Hulkenberg was actually Lotus' first choice to fill the driver vacancy.
And the Frenchman on Friday was quoted as saying Maldonado's signing indeed comes with "financial support".
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