Maldonado confirms exit from Renault

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Pastor Maldonado has confirmed his exit from the Renault F1 Team ahead of the 2016 season.

Maldonado posted the news on Twitter this morning.

It’s in Spanish, but is translated below, via Google Translate:

“My dear fans, I address you with respect.

“As everyone knows in recent days there have been a number of rumors about my immediate future in Formula One.

“It has been 23 years in the most exciting sports, I started at an early age, with the help of my family, we grew up and went to form as a professional, I met the taste of victory, that always leaves you with more and more will to fight.

“A few years I became a teenager, I went in search of my dreams to unknown lands, without the warmth of my people, of my roots, my Venezuela.

“At that time, I became a man, and I realized that there were many things that I could get away from my goal, yet always succeeded.

“World Karting, Formula Renault 2000, Formula 3000, Word Series and GP2 championship unforgettable. I got used to winning, we received over 200 trophies, of all sizes, shapes, shine, well, my lifetime of accomplishment in an incredibly wonderful and great pride for my own space.

“He arrived as expected, the dream, the end that justified all my means, Formula One, a category that gave me even the most anticipated of my victories, this Grand Prix of Spain in 2012. All this thanks to the continued support of my family, international fans and especially my great country, that it was heard with our glorious anthem and traveled the world, because I carry my flag not only in my car but in my soul and so to the very top of the podium.

“Today with the utmost humility I inform you that I will not be present at the starting grid for the 2016 F1 season, thanks for all your messages of support, passion and concern for my future. I feel very honored with the support of all of you and proud of my professional performance.

“Affirm my sense of gratitude to God, my family, my sponsors, my friends, my fans and all those who have helped realize this dream of being able to represent Venezuela to the pinnacle of motorsport. See you soon!”

This news all but confirms Kevin Magnussen, who will be set to replace Maldonado at Renault in due course.

I asked Magnussen’s father Jan, who drives for Corvette Racing, at this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona whether he’d be expecting any good news from Kevin to come in the coming days.

Jan’s response? “I always expect good news for Kevin,” he said with a wink and a smile.