Maldonado keeping options open for 2013
10 October 2012 – Pastor Maldonado has declined to commit to Williams for next season, knowing that a loss of his substantial backing from Venezuela could compromise the drive. State-owned petroleum company PDVSA is contributing around 30 million pounds per season and it is believed that the funding is yet to be secured for the 2013 campaign.
Maldonado, GP2 Champion of 2010, debuted with Williams last year and has displayed flashes of brilliance combined with a selection of incidents. In Japan, the Maracay driver scored his first points since winning the Spanish Grand Prix. As Hugo Chavez has now been re-elected as Venezuelan president, some believe the Maldonado drive to be safe, but nothing has been confirmed as yet.
“At the moment there is a chance to go to other teams but we are considering remaining here, but it is still too early,” he told the Press Association before the election result was announced. “The team usually confirm their drivers at the end of the season but we are talking, negotiating.
“This is a good family for me, I feel really good here; they feel really happy with me but we know how Formula 1 is - it can change from one day to another. It is difficult to say and, until other teams have confirmed their drivers, you never know. It’s difficult. I need to keep pushing, doing my job, getting some points and we’ll see.”
GPUpdate.net understands that, if Maldonado is to remain with Williams next year, the PDVSA funding must be secured before the end of October.