Mal­don­ado’s mis­er­able news

As the Venezue­lan is shown the door, con­tracts are in ques­tion

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While it is fan­tas­tic news that the tal­ents of Kevin Mag­nussen will be seen in For­mula One again af­ter he has landed a deal with Re­nault, it has come at a price. This time, the man who will be left look­ing for work is Pas­tor Mal­don­ado.

The Venezue­lan has built quite a rep­u­ta­tion over his five sea­sons in the top flight, and not all of it was pos­i­tive. But, let’s not for­get, he is a race win­ner and was ca­pa­ble of some strong per­for­mances. How­ever, that counts for noth­ing when the money stops talk­ing.

Mal­don­ado did bring a pot of cash from his home coun­try, and it was a fund that the Lotus team – al­ways bat­tling against fi­nan­cial strug­gles – was happy to ac­cept. But now it seems that the team’s new own­ers Re­nault have hit fi­nan­cial speed bumps over the deal. Hence the de­ci­sion to em­ploy Mag­nussen.

It is hard not to feel sorry for Mal­don­ado, but it is yet an­other ex­am­ple of the con­tracts that are drawn up in For­mula One not be­ing worth the pa­per they are writ­ten on.

Think back to the tug-of-love over the Sauber drive at the start of the 2015 sea­son, when Mar­cus Eric­s­son and Giedo van der Garde both thought they had a valid con­tract to drive for the Swiss team. Plenty of le­gal wran­glings fol­lowed and ul­ti­mately, van der Garde set­tled with the team but he still lost out on his race drive and a chance to fur­ther his ca­reer.

Ev­ery­one knows that F1 is a sport that craves fund­ing and doesn’t op­er­ate with­out it, but it is a shame that some de­cent prin­ci­ples and morals some­times take se­cond place to that. Matt James, Deputy Editor

(Twit­ter: @Mat­tjm­news)

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