Despite a poor showing in the opening race of the season in which he ultimately retired, Downton was said to be very keen to keep Powers on board for a second season.
'We therefore changed it for Malaysia and as you can see from Qualifying, he's already back on form. Someone of Nathaniel's ability doesn't go from front to back within a race, even in a Downton!'
'We are therefore delighted to announce that Nathaniel will be sticking around with us for a second season next year, although obviously we can't confirm any finer details yet.'
Nathaniel Powers was unavailable for comment but was quoted as saying he is 'very happy' with the deal, whatever it may be.