Maldonado expects Williams news on 2013 soon

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams with members of the Williams F1 Team. Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012.Nov.26 (GMM) Pastor Maldonado is hopeful that a decision will be made soon regarding a Williams race seat for the 2013 season.

It is expected that the PDVSA-backed Venezuelan, winner of the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix will secure a new deal, but the famous British team is yet to announce its decision.

It is believed that the only real uncertainty is over Maldonado’s next teammate, amid speculation that Williams intends to replace Bruno Senna with the Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas.

Maldonado told EFE news agency: “I’m sure next season will be better for the team, better for me.

“So far no one is confirmed [for 2013], neither Bruno nor myself, but Bruno has done a good job this year and contributed to the development of the car.

“Let’s see what happens in the coming days. I hope to have a quick response and be confirmed,” he added.

Maldonado, 27, said he enjoys being the driving “spearhead” at Williams.

“I really like the team and I think for a guy like me there is no better place to be,” he said. “I would still be the spearhead of the team, the first driver.”

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