Former Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado has revealed that his exit from the sport came as ‘bolt out of the blue’.
The Venezuelan believed that he was set to be retained by Renault this season with the French manufacturer having taken over the Lotus F1 Team ahead of the start of the 2016 season however speaking to Autosprint he commented by saying:
There was not a clear agreement and the situation developed in a few hours, I found myself without a sponsor, and the rest came as a result. It was a bolt from the blue.
Maldonado entered Formula One with sponsorship from the Venezuelan government owned oil giant PDVSA at the Williams F1 Team in 2011 and spent three season’s with the Grove based outfit winning one race, the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix before moving to the Lotus F1 Team replacing Kimi Raikkonen ahead of the 2014 season.
The Renault F1 Team have a brand new line up for the 2016 season with Jolyon Palmer being promoted and Kevin Magnussen joining the outfit after leaving McLaren Honda.