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Government backing for Maldonado

Venezuelan government to support Pastor Maldonado for debut F1 season
The President of Venezuela has confirmed that Pastor Maldonado will receive government backing for his debut season in F1 in 2011.

President Hugo Chavez has revealed that the GP2 title winner will benefit from support from both the government and the state oil company PDVSA when he joins Williams, where he will join forces with Rubens Barrichello – the most experienced man on the grid.

"We are supporting Pastor Maldonado and his team through Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)," he was quoted by Europa Press.

Maldonado himself insists he is hoping to build on his successful 2010 GP2 campaign, where he took the title in dominant fashion, when he joins the F1 grid and sampled Williams machinery for the first time during the Abu Dhabi test last month.

“It was an incredible season,” he told Autoweek. “We were competitive from the beginning and went on to win six races. By the middle of the season, I already had a good gap and took the title at Monza.

“[Driving the Williams] was amazing. It was a big moment for me because only days before I had been driving a GP2 car, and there are some big differences. The first is the difference in engine power; the F1 car has amazing power and a higher top speed. Secondly, the braking point; the brakes are a lot [better] in F1. Finally, there is much more downforce and general grip.”

Maldonado will sample the Williams FW33 for the first time when testing resumes in February.



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sixtenths - Unregistered

December 09, 2010 1:07 PM

But what about the millions of desperately poor people in Venezuela, promised everything by Chavez and his veil of egocentric posturing Socialism, they just have a sad totalitarian Kleptocracy that funds F1's pay drivers instead of building Hospitals, Roads or Power Stations.

Old School Williams - Unregistered

December 10, 2010 3:49 AM

It's amusing to find everybody digging into the ethics & politics of a funding just because a Driver is funded the Venezuelan Govt. Lets face it- the whole business of F1 is unethical- Eg- millions spent on technology that does not always serve the greater good of Humanity, one can always argue that the money can be spent on R&D to increase the world's food output, Countries like India that are due to Host a GP, can use the money to feed their thousands etc etc. The sport is all about entertainment and Williams should or Maldonado- should not be blamed for world politics. In survival- nothing more. And who's to say that Maldonado is a bad driver??



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