F1 remains Maldonado’s ‘Plan A’

Date published: May 27 2016

Pastor Maldonado is not giving up on a return to the Formula 1 grid, saying he wants to sign for a team that will give him a "chance to be competitive."

Maldonado was dropped by Renault at the beginning of this year after his sponsors failed to pay the funds needed to secure his drive.

Left without a race-seat for the 2016 season, the 2012 Spanish GP winner has been doing tyre testing for Pirelli this year.

He is, however, keen to return to racing next season.

"We will try again and try to be back in a good team, to give me the chance to be competitive," he told Reuters in the Monaco Grand Prix paddock.

"Plan A is Formula One. Then of course if it doesn't come, we need to look around."

He added: "For this year, at the moment, I'm just doing this. Just waiting to see where we can be next season.

"We are trying to identify a good place to be competitive next season."

The Venezuelan driver may have to rely on more than his PDVSA sponsorship to secure drive as Venezuela is in the midst of a recession.

But despite that, Maldonado is hoping that they will still come onboard should he close in on a race-seat.

"PDVSA is a big company, supporting a lot of sport programmes in Venezuela. They still seem to maintain all the programmes…hopefully it will be no problem to have them back," he said.

"I am the only Venezuelan who is racing at this level. I have been supported since many, many years. The relationships are very good. Hopefully we can be together for more years.

"Of course the oil price is still a bit low…and when the oil is down, the country is down. For sure it's painful at the moment."