Maldonado still eyeing 'very good' F1 seat
13 July 2016 – Pastor Maldonado says that he is still targeting a "very good" race seat in Formula 1 for the 2017 season, though remains open to competing in another category, after visiting an IndyCar event.
Maldonado, 31, stepped up to Formula 1 with Williams back in 2011, fresh from winning the GP2 title, and moved to Lotus for 2014, staying there through 2015.
Maldonado was set to continue with the outfit after Renault's takeover, but the troubled political and economic situation in his native Venezuela led to him leaving.
Earlier this year, Maldonado stated that he was speaking to multiple teams over a potential Formula 1 return, and has reiterated his desire to return to the top echelon.
"At the moment we are discussing with some teams and trying to get a very good seat in Formula 1, [but] if not I'll look around," Maldonado told GPUpdate.net.
Maldonado visited last weekend's Iowa Corn 300 and, when asked if he could envisage himself racing in the series in the future, he admitted it was appealing.
"[IndyCar is] completely different, but I wanted to know [more] about oval races. I was in the United States, so I said, 'I'll go to watch a race'," Maldonado explained.
"It's still very early to make a decision, but it's something that caught my attention. It's completely different, but I have plenty of experience, so it should not be impossible."
Maldonado claimed 76 points in Formula 1, winning the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.