He may have a watertight contract with Williams, but Pastor Maldonado has itchy feet at the team who have under-performed massively this season.
On Wednesday of Auto Motor und Sport, made the claim, reporting that the Venezuelan has made an approach to Lotus about replacing the Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen.
The patience of the 28-year-old, who brings millions to Williams in the form of his state-connected PDVSA sponsorship, has reportedly run out.
Maldonado is apparently desperate for a better car, but German correspondent Michael Schmidt said Williams can actually rest easy.
“The contract with Maldonado’s South American sponsors is watertight,” he revealed, claiming Williams got the deal re-checked recently by a top lawyer in London.
Schmidt added that the PDVSA contract, worth about € 35 million to Williams every year, runs until 2015.
Nonetheless, Maldonado is quoted as having said: “This year I’m here. Next year I don’t know where I’ll be.” (GMM)
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