Renault drivers ‘feel’ for Maldonado


Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer have expressed their sympathy for Pastor Maldonado after he was dropped by Renault.

Maldonado had expected to race for Renault this season having been confirmed by Lotus last year.

However that all changed when his sponsors, Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA, failed to come up with the money.

Maldonado was dropped by team while days later Magnussen was confirmed as his replacement.

And although undoubtedly happy to be back in F1, the Dane sympathises with his predecessor.

“I don’t know if he will come to the races,” quotes him as having said.

“I have full respect for Pastor, I’ve been in his situation and I know it’s tough so I feel for him. But I’m sure he will have success in whatever he will do next.”

Meanwhile Palmer says Maldonado’s axing did not come out of the blue given the uncertainty surrounding everyone at the team as Renault bought out Lotus.

“I do feel sorry for Pastor, he’s a really nice guy,” said the Brit. “I worked with him for a year and I got on very well with him. So I feel sorry for him, it has come very late.

“It was a winter of uncertainty and definitely he signed his deal with Lotus clearly and when the agreement between Lotus and Renault came round I don’t know how he stood but there was still some uncertainty around it. So I mean it’s not wholly unexpected I guess.”