Ghosn already stated they'll have a meeting on their goals and plans in januari 2016, which will include a discussion regarding 'their drivers'. In other words, Palmer & Maldonado, your Lotus contracts mean squad to Renault's Ghosn.
Expecting 3 years before they'll plan on having the fruits and success of what they aim for, i can't see them envisioning being 'there' like in the Alonso days [twice] with a demolition expert like Pastor and a unstable, hardly impressive Joylon.
The only reason i could see them stay for 2016 is that they'll sit it out as 2017 will be a new f1-style either way and perhaps they'll wait for what happens in the driver market as of 2017.
Either way, noticing lotus had severe financial problems, Pastor adds nothing then anymore so adios le pido.
Joylon brings nothing to the table. goodbye.
Kimi? no, Ferrari out = end of F1 career period.
Alonso? Not before 2017, and i seriously doubt it either way.
Hamilton? Never going to happen.
Verstappen? Now that could happen, if they can convince them that they are able to actually provide a GP winning car.
Rosberg? Why not, i could see that happening actually.
Ocon? perhaps as the french input, but i think Renault values winning more over having some lame frenchy there.
Magnussen? As a 2nd driver perhaps yes, i don't think his racecraft was that bad actually.
Perez? If Aston Martin ditches him - unlikely - then yes, i could see that.
Nasr? Quick enough, just has to show one more year to show his real potential.
Bottas? Has the potential, just needs the right car. could happen.
Vandoorne? yes, that could very well happen.
If i had to find a combo?
Rosberg & Sainz.
Verstappen i can imagine having some senna-esque & Hamilton-like characteristics which would not bring a good relationship with Rosberg. Sainz seems to be - with all do respect to Max - a bit more 'team oriented' rather than
focused on 'just winning', so Rosberg & Sainz could be a very decent pairing imho.
same with Nasr, who would probably bring some good extra funding through Banco do Brasil, and Renault has a strong
Brazilian clientele so it would be a proper possibility.
Dumpster sounds so much more classy. It's the diamond of the cesspools.