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Maldonado confirms he won't be in F1 in 2016

  • Published on 02 Feb 2016 10:49
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Pastor Maldonado has confirmed rampant speculation that he has lost his race seat in formula one. Before the Renault buyout, Lotus re-signed the controversial 30-year-old for 2016 but there have been reported problems between the Enstone team's new owner and his backer PDVSA, the struggling Venezuelan state-owned oil company.

"Today I most humbly inform you that I will not be on the starting grid for the 2016 F1 season," Maldonado wrote in a Spanish-language statement linked to his Twitter account. "Thanks for all your messages of support, passion and concern for my future. See you soon," he added.

The news paves the road for the confirmation on Wednesday of the arrival at Renault of Kevin Magnussen. Jacob Hammerholt, a sports reporter for the Danish broadcaster TV2, said the impending announcement in Paris will be welcomed by the enthusiastic country.

"Kevin and Renault is a really good match," he said. "When he came to McLaren, it was a great team that expected a lot and put a lot of pressure on a young driver. But Renault enters formula one as a works team after a break, so they know they will have to get the ball rolling before it becomes really great," added Hammerholt.

There are also rumours that French youngster Esteban Ocon, the reigning GP3 champion, could be loaned by Mercedes to Renault to be reserve driver in 2016. And Italy's Omnicorse reports that Pascal Wehrlein, the new Mercedes-backed champion of DTM, looks set to secure a race seat at Manor this year, probably to be paired with fellow rookie Rio Haryanto. (GMM)

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  • Well, I wont exactly miss him, but he did definitely give an unique element to the sport. ;)
    Magnussen is definitely the better option if he is the one they're considering.

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    • Feb 2 2016 - 15:14
    • khasmir

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      Indeed, he will not be missed but he did light up the show a bit ;)

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      • Feb 2 2016 - 19:48
    • Hepp

      Posts: 200

      WRC is more his style anyway. And Pastor, WRC means World Rally Championship not Wrecking Road Cars. In the ditch is not the point of the race, although there less cars for you to take out.

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      • Feb 2 2016 - 20:06
  • Pompey

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    No doubt there will be a few F1 drivers who won't be sorry not to have him on the grid.

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    • Feb 2 2016 - 23:40

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