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Pastor Maldonado has poured cold water on rumours about him making a racing comeback to Formula 1 in the near future after he was spotted in the paddock over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.
Maldonado, who raced in F1 between 2011 and 2015, is best remembered for an improbable win in Spain for Williams in 2012. The triumph is rated by many as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport.
Maldonado lost his seat with Renault for 2016 after his backing from Venezuela fell through and has not raced since the end of 2015.
While he has been in talks with teams in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and IndyCar Series, no deal has yet materialised.
The popular former driver was seen at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya paddock for the weekend, sampling new-style F1 for the first time, and he was rather impressed with what he saw.
“I’m enjoying it,” Maldonado told crash.net. “The series is very close. Ferrari is getting much better. Hopefully we will see a very close season until the end, we’ll see.”
When asked if there was any chance that this may initiate a move back to F1, Maldonado said, “No, I’m just visiting my old friends and enjoying the race, enjoying the city and remembering my victory here.
“I’m just giving 100% of my time to my family, enjoying that and looking forward to the future.”
Maldonado’s biggest involvement with racing at the moment comes as a mentor for his cousin, Manuel, who is racing in the British Formula 3 series.
“He’s in the early stages of his career, he will need some time,” Maldonado said. “He’s doing pretty good and improving a lot, so we’ll see, hopefully he can enjoy the racing and he can improve and get the best for him.”