Maldonado sends wishes to Chávez family
6 March 2013 – Pastor Maldonado has expressed his condolences to the family of Hugo Chávez, the late Venezuelan President who passed away on Tuesday following a battle with cancer. The two men were close acquaintances, mainly due to a government-organised deal which sees the Williams driver receive backing from oil giants PDVSA.
"I feel the deep pain that all Venezuelan's are going through, my condolences to the Chávez family and Venezuela," Maldonado said via Twitter. "Not only a great man has gone, but a great man whose ideas transcended beyond boundaries. He was a hero."
A new presidential election will now be held in Venezuela, with the main candidates set to be Vice-President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles. If the latter wins, it remains to be seen if Maldonado's PDVSA funding will be affected.