IN THIS IS­SUE “Mag­nussen will join Re­nault F1”

Dane will re­place Pas­tor Mal­don­ado at re­born works team af­ter spon­sor­ship loss

Motor Sport News - - Front Page - By Rob Lad­brook Pho­tos: LAT

Dan­ish ace Kevin Mag­nussen will be re­vealed as a Re­nault F1 Team driver in a launch event in Paris to­day, af­ter the team’s con­tract with Pas­tor Mal­don­ado was ter­mi­nated.

Venezue­lan racer Mal­don­ado was orig­i­nally set to stay with the team, hav­ing signed a new con­tract with the team when it was still Lotus back at Septem­ber’s Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix.

How­ever, sources sug­gest that since Re­nault bought out the team there has been a dis­agree­ment over fund­ing be­tween the French firm and Mal­don­ado’s long-term backer, Venezue­lan oil and gas firm PDVSA. This dis­pute has led to the con­tract be­ing dis­solved.

Re­nault has al­ready held talks with Mag­nussen, with the 23-year-old vis­it­ing the En­stone fac­tory for two days ear­lier this year. Mag­nussen parted ways with Mclaren last year, hav­ing been told just four months ago that he was sur­plus to re­quire­ments at the Wok­ing team with both Jen­son But­ton and Fer­nando Alonso stay­ing on.

Mag­nussen will be un­veiled along­side Bri­ton Jolyon Palmer when Re­nault launches its 2016 out­fit at an event in Paris to­day (Wed­nes­day).

The loss of his Re­nault seat leaves Mal­don­ado with­out a spot on the grid this year. He did have op­tions at Manor, but with a deal re­quir­ing swift ne­go­ti­a­tions with pre-sea­son test­ing due to be­gin in Barcelona on Fe­bru­ary 22, Mal­don­ado has con­firmed he won’t start the sea­son.

He said in a state­ment: “In re­cent days, there have been a num­ber of ru­mours about my im­me­di­ate fu­ture in For­mula 1. I most humbly in­form you I will not be present on the start­ing grid for 2016.”

Mal­don­ado has lost PDVSA cash Mag­nussen has had talks

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