Pastor Maldonado in Formula 1: is it goodbye or see you later?


Photo: Lotus.

Two days before Renault present his new project, and given the number of rumors, Pastor Maldonado was quick to announce his departure from the French team. In a letter to fans, the venezuelan said, confirming that there would dispute the season 2016. In it, Pastor remembered his whole career and defined his stay in Formula 1 as a “dream“. One that even managed to win a race, the Grand Prix of Spain 2012, something we have not been able to get even drivers like Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas or Romain Grosjean. This year we will not see Maldonado on the grid, but the Maracay don’t want that dream to end yet. So has announced his manager, Nicolas Todt (son of the president of the FIA), who said to Motorsport what is the purpose of his represented: “we have Not given up on the Formula 1, but simply do not see options this year, and we will work to find the way back next year”.

Todt did not want to talk about the plans they have for 2016: “In terms of this season, it is still too soon to say what will make”, he said. But Maldonado did not want to leave in five seasons experience in the premier class (competed from 2011 to 2015) and trust in return. If you will return in 2017, would have 31 years old, less than those who have drivers who will compete in this world, as Raikkonen, Alonso, Massa, Hamilton or Button. Asked about the departure of the Lotus, which has yet to be pronounced in the social networks on the go that has been your pilot, Todt clarified that it has not been by the back door: “I don’t want to give details of the contract, I can Only say that it is carried out in a friendly way, so there is no grudge. Behaved very fair”, confessed to the agency Reuters.

Future complicated

Pastor Maldonado has been accompanied throughout his career by the important financial support of the national oil company , PDVSA. The financial situation of the brand, and the change of government in Venezuela led to the withdrawal of the sponsorship, which has triggered the departure of Pastor of the Lotus. Both he and his manager will have to find a new livelihood, without which it will be almost mission impossible to return to the ‘great circus’, not even as a pilot tester. In addition, Nicolas Todt rejects the option that Maldonado finished in Manor: “With all due respect to Manor, it makes no sense for a Pastor after five years at Williams and Lotus”. Therefore, your relationship with Formula 1, although he wants you to be a ‘until then‘, looks like ‘goodbye‘.