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Maldonado hints at 'important news' this week

An announcement on Rubens Barrichello's F1 2011 team-mate at Williams could be forthcoming this week, with hotly-tipped reigning GP2 Series Champion Pastor Maldonado hinting at 'important' news
Reigning GP2 Series Champion Pastor Maldonado's graduation to F1 appears to be closer than ever, after the Venezuelan wrote on his Twitter account that he hopes to be able to reveal some 'important' news during the course of this week.

Even before impressive F1 2010 rookie Nico Hülkenberg was officially released by Williams last week [see separate story – click here], it was strongly rumoured that Maldonado was being lined-up to replace the young German, with the $15 million in sponsorship that he is able to bring with him from his homeland understood to be irresistibly attractive to a team whose finances have seen happier days.

Hülkenberg's manager Willi Weber has mused that the Grove-based outfit has 'probably already done a deal with Maldonado' – who tried out for both Williams and Hispania Racing (HRT) on all four days of the end-of-season Abu Dhabi young driver and Pirelli tyre tests last week.

The 25-year-old is backed by both the Venezuelan government as well as state-owned petroleum company PDVSA, and it seems confirmation of his promotion to F1 alongside ultra-experienced veteran Rubens Barrichello in 2011 may now be just around the corner.

“This week could be very important and I hope to have news about the future,” he wrote on Twitter, adding in an interview with the official F1 website: “If you win the GP2 championship, you definitely hope that F1 is the next logical step. I really enjoyed being in an F1 car [at the Yas Marina tests] and getting more experience. I am already looking forward to next season, when I hopefully can make use of it in F1.”

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November 23, 2010 3:33 AM

@ Jose, I am sorry but I would like to hear all points of view and not have your narrow sense of what attracts fans to F1 imposed on the rest of us. It is a real issue for all F1 followers that a pay driver is being (in part) sponsored by a State that can't even adequately provide for its own people. I take nothing away from Maldanado who genuinely deserves this opportunity.

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November 23, 2010 2:51 PM

@ Googolplex, Thanks for the post... Please don't miss understand. I'm well aware of whats going on in F1 and the world sports industry... I see this money, sport thing, almost everyday here in the U.S. Unemployment at the bursting level, children (1/6) going hungry everyday. Millions beaning payed to some dude who can only hit a baseball. Sport complexes costing zillion and little on nothing on the real problem of people. F1 is not exempted, zillion payed to join the circus, surely I wonder just how some country finds the dollars to play this game, and believe me when I say this, the money could be better spent elsewhere. This is one of the very reason I didn't visit Brazil's race...I'm not blind. I see things, things that's hard accept.. Crash forum is about motor racing, nothing political... Best we (see things) who care should use other places on the net, simpley more bang for the buck.. Agan thanks, Googolplex Jose

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