Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi says that reserve driver Jolyon Palmer will not get a race seat with the squad until at least 2017.
Palmer, who won last year's GP2 title, joined Lotus as test and reserve driver at the start of 2015.
Palmer has since participated in practice outings and tests for the squad and has been hopeful over his 2016 prospects.
But Gastaldi says that Lotus' current line-up of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado will be retained.
“No, at the moment we have the same [drivers],” Gastaldi told F1i when asked about Palmer’s prospects.
“Pastor and Romain are signed until the end of the next season and we hope Jolyon will stay with us as well as a third driver.”
Gastaldi added that Palmer has an impotant role within the squad and that Lotus regards him as a talent for the future.
"He’s here because he’s been winning in all the series to be here," he said.
"It’s not by mistake he’s here, we have big plans for him. He’s obviously now going through the learning process to be more confident with a Formula 1 car. So I think he’s the future.
"He’s a good driver, that’s for sure. It would be good to have the next good English driver around us."