Pastor Maldonado talking to F1 teams about 2017 return

Pastor Maldonado is speaking to a number of Formula 1 teams about a return to the grid in 2017 after losing his Lotus/Renault seat over the winter

Pastor Maldonado talking to F1 teams about 2017 return

The Venezuelan was replaced by Kevin Magnussen for this season, bringing to an end a five-year career in F1.

"I really want to have my second chance because I still feel I have a lot to do in F1," Maldonado told Autosport.

"My plan is to return to Formula 1. It was not too bad to stay away for one year as it has given me time to reflect.

"We have started conversations with teams and we are trying to negotiate something for next year."

Maldonado was personally sponsored by PDVSA, his country's state-owned oil and gas giant, to the tune of around $46million per year.

PDVSA became involved in a dispute with Renault over payments that resulted in it opting to tear up its deal, leaving Maldonado without a seat.

With several drivers out of contract next year, Maldonado believes he is an attractive proposition to teams.

"I'm not a rookie who needs to restart for zero," said Maldonado, who has conducted significant tyre testing for Pirelli this year.

"After five years in F1, I feel I can do a very good job."

The 31-year-old made 95 starts in F1, with the highlight being his 2012 Spanish Grand Prix victory with Williams.

However, for most of his time in F1, Maldonado believes he did not have a car with which he could deliver consistently.

"I never had the car to show my talent," he said. "When I was with Williams, we won a race and 2012 was a good season.

"But the other two seasons were not so good and at Lotus, it was a bit the same - I never had a chance to be at a good level.

"I would like a good car, maybe not the best but a car that allows me to show my potential and be in the points regularly."

shares
comments
Red Bull and Toro Rosso F1 teams sign Renault engine deal
Previous article

Red Bull and Toro Rosso F1 teams sign Renault engine deal

Next article

Monaco GP: Lewis Hamilton wins after delay for Daniel Ricciardo

Monaco GP: Lewis Hamilton wins after delay for Daniel Ricciardo
Load comments
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Plus

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at
 Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as BEN ANDERSON discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren  Plus

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren 

From being lapped by his own team-mate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Plus

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing windtunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher Plus

The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles at a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay Plus

Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021’s title fight climax Plus

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021’s title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
Qatar Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Qatar Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021
How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage Plus

How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage

There was simply no stopping Lewis Hamilton on Formula 1's first visit to Qatar. The Mercedes driver eased to pole position and led every lap to secure an utterly dominant victory - even without a key Mercedes weapon in his arsenal to increase the heat on Red Bull heading into the final two races of the gripping 2021 title race

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021