Continues the silly season while the teams are to confirm their drivers. Renault announced, when he was still a Lotus, Maldonado and Jolyon Palmer would be his alignment for the year 2016, with Romain Grosjean and go to Haas. However, its main sponsor, the , PDVSA (national oil company of Venezuela), which brings to the team 35 million pounds (50 dollars), you are delaying the payment, according to the BBC and The Telegraph. The drop in oil price and the change of government in the south american country can cause the PDVSA remove the support of their pilot, which began during the mandate of Chávez, and continued to Mature. Chavez wanted to expand the image of Venezuela by the Formula 1, and now his political opponents are raised to withdraw the funding. Without it, the future Pastor in the highest category is painted black, so that the new maximum agents have in their hand their presence on the grill.
however, as stated Omnicorse, Renault wants to avoid at all costs that this sponsorship is gone. The sum of money is of vital importance to the French team, and a delegation has traveled to Caracas, the capital of the country, to support the pilot. Cyril Abiteboul and Frédéric Vasseur, directors of Renault, as well as representatives of the Pastor and PDVSA will meet for two days to shed light on a complicated situation. Therefore, it is not confirmed that Maldonado is going to be the partner of Palmer in the inaugural grand prix of Australia, which will open in march, the season 2016 Formula 1, which would be the sixth from Maldonado.
Keving Magnussen, possible reserves and substitute
on the other hand, Renault has not yet confirmed who will be their reserve driver for the next championship. Kevin Magnussen, ex of McLaren (and he was fired the same day of his birthday, last October), he was on the factory team in Enstone for two days, met with high-ranking executives, as pointed out by The Telegraph. The Finnish is the best situated to become the third pilot of Renault and, therefore, it is also the main candidate to occupy the seat of Pastor Maldonado if is finally free. Magnussen, 23, has played only one season as a starter in Formula 1, 2014, but his return seems to be a force.