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Maldonado to leave Renault and F1

Written by: Neil

Pastor Maldonado has revealed he will be stepping down from his seat at Renault for the coming season of Formula 1, with his place expected to be filled by rising star Kevin Magnussen.

It brings to a close five years in the sport for the plucky Venezuelan – a time that has been dogged by controversy, but also flashes of brilliance.

Dubbed 'Crashdonaldo' by some pundits, Maldonado was renowned for his in-race antics, seemingly riding the ragged edge at some points. However, his talent was also there for all to see, with several podiums and a race victory during his tenure in F1.

In a statement posted via Twitter, Maldonado commented: "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."

Magnussen is now widely expected to be unveiled as Renault's replacement for Maldonado in the coming days, where he will partner American newcomer Jolyon Palmer for the coming season.


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