Venezuelan election could sway Maldonado's career
5 October 2012 – A political swing in Venezuela could decide whether or not Pastor Maldonado remains with Williams in Formula 1 next year. That is the latest feeling coming out of the South American country, as a shift in government leadership could change the way the 2010 GP2 driver brings funds to the Grove-based team.
Despite having proved his raw speed and ability to win races with Williams, Maldonado also contributes to over 30 million pounds a year thanks to his backing from state-owned petroleum company PDVSA.
When quizzed over his future at Suzuka, Maldonado replied:
“I don’t want to talk about that right now. Yes, the team is still looking around for next year, so I just prefer not to answer your questions about drivers. For sure, there is still a market and a lot of movement, so I just hope to be in the best place possible.
“It is a bit early to talk about Williams at the moment. We will wait until the end of the season and for now we’re just fully focussed on driving and the season.”
It is believed that, should PDVSA continue its link-up with Williams in 2013, it must submit all funds before the end of this month.