“While his ontrack performance has been discussed plenty by fans and pundits alike, we enjoyed working with a bright, friendly, extremely funny guy who got on brilliantly with everyone in the team and pushed tirelessly to get the maximum out of his car.”

(This translates as, holy crap the mechanics are fucking knackered from having to rebuilt the car so often! We can finally get some more rest over a GP weekend!)

“I have full respect for Pastor, I’ve been in his situation and I know it’s tough so I feel for him,” Magnussen said. “But I’m sure he will have success in whatever he will do next.”

“After two years of loyal service, we would like to say a heartfelt goodbye and thank you to Pastor Maldonado,” Renault tweeted on its official account.