Venezuelan election result could boost Maldonado
8 October 2012 – News of Hugo Chavez’s re-election as president of Venezuela could serve as a boost to the Formula 1 career of Pastor Maldonado, which last week had been thrown into doubt as the Williams driver stood a chance of losing his government funding.
However, doubts began to emerge when the possibility of a change of government could have had a bearing on the future of the 2010 GP2 Champion, who stepped up to Formula 1 last year and won this season’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Chavez – who is on close terms with Maldonado - won the election with more than 54 percent of votes. It remains to be seen as to whether the PDVSA payments to Williams will continue next season.