Maldonado keen to stay on with Williams

Pastor Maldonado Oct.11 (Reuters) Venezuelan Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado wants to stay with Williams next season despite suggesting last weekend that he might have other options.

The driver told reporters at the South Korean Grand Prix on Thursday that he had no desire to move.

“I really want to stay with Williams,” he said. “It’s a good team and the team is getting better and better every day. We’ve been rebuilding everything in the team and I think now it’s more compact.

“At the moment there is not confirmation. So I’m looking forward to seeing that but otherwise looking forward to remaining in F1 for sure.”

Maldonado won the Spanish Grand Prix in May, Williams’s first victory since 2004, and brings substantial backing to the former champions from Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.

There had been questions in F1 circles about what might happen to that sponsorship should Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, a big fan of Maldonado, fail to be re-elected or have to leave office.

The long-serving socialist leader, who has had treatment for cancer, secured another six-year term in office on Sunday, however.

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  • McLarenfan

    Talk about a U turn

  • psych4191

    If they’re smart they’ll dump him. Bottas – Senna brings plenty of sponsorship, and it’s a far more intelligent line up.