Maldonado: Just being in F1 not enough
8 October 2013 – Williams driver Pastor Maldonado has said he would rather 'stay at home' next year than endure another season struggling at the back of the field and just making up the numbers.
Williams have had an awful year with the uncompetitive FW35 and have only scored one point to date, when Maldonado was tenth at the Hungarian Grand Prix back in July, just prior to F1's summer hiatus.
It has been a complete contrast to 2012, when Maldonado notched up 45 points, and won the Spanish Grand Prix.
It has clearly taken its toll on the Venezuelan too, and he concedes he has found it difficult to stay motivated.
“I really need a good car to enjoy it, and this year I'm not enjoying it,” Maldonado told Autosport following last weekend’s Korea Grand Prix. “I'm living a really bad moment and I need some motivation to keep doing my best. I want something more. I'm here for something more.
“I don't want to just be in F1, to be honest. It's better to stay at home, if it's like that. I don't care about being a F1 driver, I'm here to win and I need to do whatever it takes to be there.”
Meanwhile, Maldonado conceded that there is no guarantee he will even be on the grid next season and that the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has created uncertainty, given PDVSA – the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company – has been bankrolling his F1 career.
“I hope I will be on the grid [in 2014], but you never know,” he added. “It could depend on the [financial] support or not, you never know. F1 is like that.
“Last year I was winning races, today I'm nowhere. This year I'm here, next year I don't know where I will be.”