Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has revealed that the team could make a decision on their lineup for next season next week.
"Hopefully [we will make the decision] in a few days," Sky Sports News quotes Boullier as saying. "We only need one more driver. Romain Grosjean has a contract for next year already and it is just a matter of confirmation. We are being prudent after last year, but I think he is on his way to big confidence.
"We are now down to a couple of options and we are waiting now on the decision. [Yes], we are in discussions with Maldonado."
Lotus are currently fourth in the constructors' standings.