With political tumoil in Venezuela and depressed oil prices it seems $50 million is harder to pull together than a year or two ago and PDVSA are late paying their sponsorship fees that pave the way for Pastors drive. Renault have turned up the wick in their accounts receivable department by giving Kevin Magnussen a guided tour of the factory. The talented Dane took second place in his debut drive at Melbourne in 2014 and is a rare example of a such a strong debut not cementing a drive. He was demoted into the reserve driver role for 2015 to make way for Hondas' anointed choice- Alonso. This left Mclaren with a straight choice between Button and Magnussen. Ron Dennis reportedly favoured Magnussen but was outplayed or out-voted by his long term equity partner Mansour Ojjeh who wanted Button. Kevin was finally let go late last year in favour of Stoffel Vandoorne a former Formula Sim Racing driver. Magnussen beat him in FR 3.5 in 2014. Vandoorne added to his credentials as an FSR WC driver when he went on to take the GP2 title in 2015. It seems this (Magnussens) talent has not been overlooked and Renault are looking at Magnussen.