Maldonado denies Williams tensions and says he will be in F1 in 2014 21 October, 2013 Pastor Maldonado Pastor Maldonado has hit back at reports suggesting his future in Formula 1 is uncertain, and denied tensions within the Williams team as a result of the uncertainty. The reports late last week said that the Venezuelan’s management had been in complex talks with Williams, apparently because a move to Lotus might be on the cards. Maldonado, however, is strongly backed by the state-owned oil company PDVSA, who are under contract to Williams for the next two seasons. The latest news from Caracus is that government officials have frozen payments to Venezuelan car and motorcycle racers as they investigate a corruption scandal. Indeed, the PDVSA-backed Indycar driver EJ Viso missed the Fontana finale at the weekend, but he Tweeted a photo from his hospital bed to prove he was in fact “ill”. Maldonado, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter on Sunday: “I will be in Formula 1 next season proudly representing Venezuela. Hopefully good news soon.” He also denied suggestions of a growing rift between himself and Williams, who have struggled badly in 2013. “There is a good relationship [between] driver and team, we have been working day and night to improve our performance and results,” said Maldonado. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsNasr could join Massa at Williams as reserve driverMassa and Bottas expected to be confirmed by Williams for 2013Williams denies being in talks to lure Brawn backHas Maldonado secured Lotus drive at expense of Hulkenberg?Silly season latest has Massa going to Williams for next five yearsJuncadella plays down reports of Williams drive for 2014Maldonado exit from Williams could open door for Massa beyond 2013Salo: Bottas deserves Williams seat for 2014 seasonMaldonado interested in Lotus seat for 2014Coughlan: We at Williams want to break into the top five captain tortuga “Indeed, the PDVSA-backed Indycar driver EJ Viso missed the Fontana finale at the weekend, but he Tweeted a photo from his hospital bed to prove he was in fact “ill”.” yeh,yeh,yeh.. Hamilton was supposedly in Amerika whilst he was testing in Spain.. a twitterpic clearly is no evidence at all. For Maldonado.. he looks corrupted. so i bet this scandal is true. McLarenfan Williams need Rubens Barrichello to tell them were the car is wrong like he developed it last time for them Spanky Too bad… I wish Maldo would be dropped from Williams! Spartacus To be fair to Maldonado I never thought he’d win a GP but he has done. In recent years I think the biggest question about Williams is if they’d make it to the next season. They’ve talked big and delivered very little.