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‘Manor not really an option’ for Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado doesn't consider Manor to be an option for him as he instead looks towards forging a return to F1 in 2017.
After being dropped by the Renault F1 team before the start of the 2016 season, Pastor Maldonado's manager says that while his driver is still seeking a return to F1, he isn't striving for one of the vacant Manor Racing seats.

Just two days before Renault was due to officially launch its revived works team, Maldonado confirmed speculation that he had been dropped by the manufacturer after sponsorship payments agreed under his original deal with the erstwhile Lotus F1 Team were not met.

With Kevin Magnussen set to be formally confirmed in his place, Maldonado is already looking towards alternative options in F1.

However, though there are still two seats remaining on the F1 grid at Manor with just three weeks until pre-season testing starts, Maldonado's manager Nicolas Todt says that 'with all due respect', he would not be considering the British team.

"I don't see any concrete opportunity for Formula One this year. We will try to bounce back in 2017,” he told Reuters.

"Manor is not really an option,” he continued. “After five years at Williams and Lotus...with all due respect to Manor, it makes no sense for Pastor."

Reflecting on whether there had been friction with Renault, Todt says there was no acrimony, saying the Frenc firm 'behaved very fairly'.

"I don't want to go into the details of the contract. The agreement was terminated in a friendly manner with Renault so no hard feelings. They behaved very fairly."

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February 02, 2016 3:26 PM

This sounds like a face saving statement by Maldonado's manager to me. If any team on the whole grid needed a pay driver it would be Manor. And since Pastor lost his Renault seat because his money backing dried up, it stands to reason that Manor wouldn't have any interest in him at all. Not only does he not have money backing to offer, but he also brings a pretty sizable amount of bad reputation and broken race cars in his past.


February 02, 2016 3:24 PM

The cost of repairing equipment damaged by Maldonado would probably be great enough to put Manor out of business within six months of signing him so he's not really an option for Manor either.

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