F1's Latest Rumours, Talk: Kevin Magnussen at Renault, Esteban Gutierrez, More

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F1's Latest Rumours, Talk: Kevin Magnussen at Renault, Esteban Gutierrez, More
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Renault's return to Formula One will move a step closer this week when the French manufacturer stages a team-launch event in Paris.

As chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn told French publication Le Figaro (h/t Motorsport.com) last December, the occasion will allow Renault to reveal the specific details of their return, including their aspirations, their sponsors and, it seems, their drivers.

Signed alongside rookie Jolyon Palmer, Pastor Maldonado had been expected to lead the factory outfit in the 2016 season. But complications between Renault and the Venezuelan's personal sponsor are almost certain to result in the 30-year-old being replaced by Kevin Magnussen in time for the team launch.

Like former McLaren driver Magnussen, Esteban Gutierrez will also return to the grid this year after spending the 2015 season on the sidelines.

Driving for the new Haas team, the Mexican will be offered the opportunity to show what he's really made of after spending two unconvincing seasons with Sauber in 2013 and '14.

Following his departure from the Swiss outfit, Gutierrez fell into the arms of Ferrari, who played an integral role in securing his place at Haas. And the 24-year-old has revealed why joining the Prancing Horse was the biggest gamble of his life.

The first of two pre-season tests is on the horizon, but the rebranded Manor Racing outfit remain the only team yet to reveal any plans concerning their 2016 driver lineup.

With financial support from the Indonesian government, Rio Haryanto has long been regarded as a contender for a race seat, but the GP2 race winner is facing a make-or-break week as he hopes to realise his F1 dream.

Also clinging to the F1 dream is Bobby Epstein, the chairman of the Circuit of the Americas, who is hoping to secure the future of the United States Grand Prix by the end of this month.

Closing this week's roundup is Marcus Ericsson, who would seemingly like to see a Scandinavian-based race on the F1 calendar if a United States GP-sized hole appears on the schedule.

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