Whether you love him, loathe him or just find him downright hilarious, it has been confirmed that Pastor Maldonado's Formula One tenure is over. With the news being a somewhat foregone conclusion earlier last week and following the Renault takeover of Lotus, the fiery Venezuelan will find himself without a seat in 2016, and whilst it is yet to be confirmed, 23 year old Danish driver Kevin Magnussen is the hot favourite to be the replacement to Maldonado, thus rekindling his F1 career after it was perhaps unfairly cut short at the conclusion of 2014. Issuing the news via TwitLonger, Maldonado expressed his gratitude for the support of all his fans and that he was proud of his time in F1. Despite bringing a sizeable pot of gold to the teams he raced for (rumoured to be as high as $60 million), Maldonado's 2012 season with Williams was not your typical 'pay-driver' performance as he showed some impressive instances of pace. Most notably when he became a Grand Prix winner at the Circuit de Catalunya by holding off a hard-charging Fernando Alonso. Other high calibre performances include his front row start in Singapore and a second row start in Valencia. However despite these highlights he was largely out-driven in the second half of the 2012 season by Brazilian team mate Bruno Senna. However, if you're going to race cars; you're going to crash cars, and unfortunately for him, Maldonado will be remembered for little else. Earning himself nicknames such as "Crashtor Maldonado", the Venezuelan even has several crash compilations dedicated to his questionable decisions. None more abhorrent than in Monaco 2012 when he used his car as a weapon to intentionally hit Sergio Perez during Free Practice. Over to you! How do you feel about this announcement? Let us know!