Maldonado spoke with President by telephone
14 May 2012 – Following on from his maiden Formula 1 victory in the Spanish Grand Prix, Pastor Maldonado conversed with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. A telephone conversation took place after the South American country, whose previous best F1 result was a single sixth place dating back to 1983, won for the first time.
‘Our Pastor has won, making history!’ Chavez wrote on Twitter. ‘Bravo Pastor! Congratulations to you and your fighting team!’
GP2 Champion of 2010, Maldonado’s path into F1 was heavily backed by the government-owned PDVSA petroleum giant which also supports Rodolfo González, Maldonado’s fellow countryman who is a reserve driver for Caterham.
Williams’ last victory was also celebrated by a South American driver, as Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya won his final race with the team in Brazil eight seasons ago.
Also on Monday:
Insight: Venezuela becomes winning F1 nation