Kevin Magnussen set to replace Pastor Maldonador at Renault

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Kevin Magnussen is set to replace Pastor Maldonado at Renault’s new Formula 1 works team for the 2016 season, Autosport has learned.

Sources have confirmed Magnussen is poised to sign a deal over the next few days, before being officially confirmed at Renault’s launch in Paris next Wednesday.

Autosport understands the move follows a disagreement between the French car manufacturer and Maldonado’s long-time sponsor PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned oil and gas company, that has led to the contract being dissolved.

It is believed a very small window of opportunity still exists for the two parties to return to the negotiating table, sign a new deal, and for Maldonado to retain his seat.

But with such a move highly unlikely, Renault has turned to Magnussen.

The 23-year-old is now on the brink of returning to F1 four months after being informed by McLaren, on his birthday, he was no longer required as reserve driver.

Maldonado will almost certainly end up out of F1 after five seasons, three with Williams and then two with the Lotus team that Renault has acquired.

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‘The Fastest Woman in the World’ to give rare glimpse into the world of F1

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Scots Formula One driver Susie Wolff revealed that she will appear in a BBC documentary, THE FASTEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD, about her life and career as the only woman currently in F1.

Susie, 30, who is a development driver for Williams, made the announcement yesterday in Barcelona, Spain – where Williams unveiled the new FW35 car, by team mates Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas. In her role as development driver, Susie was the first to run the car last week ahead of the start of the season.

Directed by her award winning, BAFTA-nominated brother David Stoddart, 31, the no-holds-barred film will be broadcast as part of BBC Scotland’s spring schedule, and features appearances from Formula One race ace Lewis Hamilton and racing legend David Coulthard.

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Pastor Maldonado and Williams F1 in Venezuela

This summer, Pastor Maldonado and Williams F1 Team made a unique trip to Venezuela. Take a look at this video to see what the Williams F1 team got up to and to take in the beautiful sights of Venezuela…




Pastor Maldonado quickest in Q1 at the Indian Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado and Lewis Hamilton with new helmets today

Pastor Maldonado introduced a new helmet design yesterday. The words “Less Trouble, More Speed” were printed on the back of his lid, the meaning of which can be traced back to an interview with Alain Prost. The four-time world champion says there needs to be less trouble and politics in our sport, and more speed – a sentiment Pastor clearly agrees with! Continuing the theme of new designs, Lewis Hamilton is sporting the Italian flag on his helmet this weekend. “I did a lot of racing in Italy between the ages of 13 and 16,” says Lewis, “and I wanted to do this out of respect to the Italians.”

Pastor Maldonado helmet tribute for fire victims in Venezuela

Pastor delivered his second best qualifying performance of the year yesterday, but amid the focus and pressure of the qualifying session he was still able to demonstrate his compassionate side. He wore a black ribbon on his helmet as a mark of respect towards the 42 people who died in an oil refinery fire in Amuay, Venezuela last weekend. Pastor is not alone; the entire Williams F1 Team shares in the country’s grief.

Pastor Maldonador quickest in FP2 at the German Grand Prix; Schumacher crashes

Vogue Spain in the Williams garage

It’s been a scorching hot weekend in Valencia, but the mercury in the garage thermometers rose even higher on Sunday morning as Vogue Spain conducted a photoshoot with Victoria’s Secret underwear model Maryna Linchuck. Pastor’s car was the chief prop in the shoot, meaning Mark Pattinson, Pastor’s number one mechanic, got to play a very hands on role. He helped the model in and out of the car, and his fellow mechanics say he’s rarely looked happier… The next man to get involved in the saucy shoot was Bruno Senna. Posing with Linchuck, who by now was wearing little more than knee high boots, all Bruno could think about was what his girlfriend would think. “I hope Char doesn’t see this, otherwise I’m in big trouble!” he joked.

Pastor Maldonado quickest in FP1 in Valencia