Pastor Maldonado, while not the best driver in the paddock, has made a name for himself in the motorsport world. In his Formula 1 days, he was known to crash often, shunting his car into a wall or taking other cars out seemingly every other race. After he was replaced at Renault by Kevin Magnussen last year, it was rumored he might return to F1 for 2017. Now, it looks as if Maldonado may be joining IndyCar instead.
According to , Maldonado is in talks with IndyCar team KV Racing to fill an empty race seat for the 2017 season. KV's driver, former Toro Rosso driver Sébastien Bourdais, switched to Dale Coyne Racing this year, meaning it's possible Maldonado could have a chance at racing open-wheelers again.
The news explains why Maldonado was seen hanging around the KV Racing pit in Iowa in July, and fits with what he said to last year about trying to solve his situation.
"At the moment we are not looking to race here, but for sure I'm looking around to solve my situation," he said at the time. "First option is of course Formula 1, because I've been very involved in the past few years there."
If Maldonado does get the gig, WTF1 reports he'd only want to drive road and street courses, opting to sit out the oval races.
It's not the big return to Formula 1 we've all been hoping for, but seeing Maldonado on track again would surely be entertaining.