Formula 1

Pastor Maldonado confirms Renault departure

1 Mins read

Pastor Maldonado has confirmed that after two years with the Lotus F1 Team, he will be leaving the Enstone-based outfit, now officially the Renault works team, ahead of the Formula 1 2016 season.

The Venezuelan driver has ongoing sponsorship problems with the state-owned oil company PDVSA, with late payments from the sponsor to Renault, and this caused team officials to head to Venezuela to try and solve the problem. Former McLaren F1 Team race and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen is tipped to be Maldonado’s replacement.

In a statement posted on his official Twitter, Maldonado said, “Today with the biggest humility I inform you that I won’t be on the grid at the start of the 2016 season. Thanks for all the messages of support, passion and concerns about my future.

“I’m very thankful to God, my family, my sponsors, my friends, my fans and everybody who has helped me materialise this dream of having represented Venezuela in the pinnacle of motorsport. See you soon!”

Renault have yet to confirm whether Magnussen will join Jolyon Palmer on the 2016 grid, with the Enstone team set to confirm their new team name, management team and driver line-up this Wednesday at a media event in Paris.

A car livery is also planned to be unveiled by the team but there is no confirmation to say if this will be on a modified version of their 2015 chassis or their new 2016 chassis.

Palmer announced on his twitter account over the weekend that he will race with the #30 during his Formula 1 career, the same number as he used during his free practice outings with Lotus in 2015.

Related posts
Formula 1

Daniel Ricciardo: “I’m looking forward to being back in the heat in Bahrain!”

3 Mins read
Renault are aiming to regroup and recover from their poor results from the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend in Bahrain.
Formula 1

Bahrain ‘Always Tough on Tyres’ so ‘Important to find a good Set-Up’ – Max Verstappen

2 Mins read
Max Verstappen still has ambitions to deny Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas second place in the Drivers’ Championship, sitting twenty-seven points behind the Finn with three races remaining.
Formula 1

‘Good Memories’ of Bahrain 2019 for Leclerc Despite Late Heartbreak of Losing Maiden Win

2 Mins read
Charles Leclerc dominated the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix but lost the win to Lewis Hamilton after his engine developed a technical issue that lost him significant straight-line speed.

Leave a Reply