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Renault 'nicked' Minardi star
Renault 'nicked' up-and-coming Venezuelan teenager Pastor Maldonado from Minardi. That's the charge of Faenza team founder and continuing staffer, Italy's Gian Carlo Minardi.
Maldonado testing at Misano
"I behaved in good faith," he complained on the 'Italiaracing' website, "but let Maldonado be nicked from me."
Last November, 19-year-old Maldonado made his F1 debut in a Minardi at Misano. Gian Carlo Minardi, at the time, hinted that a youngster at the circuit has 'a future' on the F1 grid. Now, though, Pastor's in Renault's 'driver development programme.'