Maldonado talking to F1 teams over return
29 May 2016 – Pastor Maldonado says he is speaking to multiple Formula 1 teams over a return to the grid in 2017, after losing his Lotus/Renault seat over the winter period.
Maldonado was initially set to race alongside Jolyon Palmer this season, but he exited Renault amid sponsorship issues, with Kevin Magnussen taking his place.
"I really want to have my second chance because I still feel I have a lot to do in F1," Maldonado explained to Autosport, on the subject of a potential comeback in 2017.
"It was not too bad to stay away for one year as it has given me time to reflect. We have started conversations with teams and we are trying to negotiate something for next year.
"I'm not a rookie; after five years in F1, I feel I can do a very good job."
Maldonado made 95 starts in Formula 1, with victory at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix the highlight, but feels he rarely had a car in which he could consistently challenge.
"I never had the car to show my talent," he said.
"When I was with Williams, we won a race and 2012 was a good season, but the other two seasons were not so good, and at Lotus, it was a bit the same.
"I never had a chance to be at a good level.
"I would like a good car, maybe not the best [on the Formula 1 grid] but a car that allows me to show my potential and be in the points regularly."