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.
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