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Maldonado keen to stay

Pastor Maldonado says he wants to stay at Williams for F1 2013
Despite suggesting that his future in F1 could lie away from Williams, Pastor Maldonado has insisted that his first choice would be to remain with the Grove-based outfit for a third year in 2013.

The Venezuelan was quoted earlier this week as saying that there was a chance to go to other teams next year, leading to speculation that the Spanish GP winner was evaluating his options.

Speaking ahead of the Korean Grand Prix however, Maldonado moved to clarify his position by insisting that he wanted to stay where he is for a third year and was hopeful that a deal could be concluded.

“To be honest I really want to stay with Williams,” he said. “It's a good team and the team is getting better and better every day. We've been rebuilding everything in the team and I think now it's more compact and the car is looking, as I mentioned before, every day better and better.

“I have good confidence with them but at the moment there is not confirmation. I'm looking forward to seeing that, but otherwise looking forward to remaining in Formula One for sure.”

Maldonado could however be the only constant in the Williams line-up next year amidst ongoing speculation surrounding the future of team-mate Bruno Senna.

The Brazilian is said to be under threat of losing his drive to impressive test driver Valtteri Bottas, who has impressed the team with his performances in Friday testing at a number of events this year.

Bottas has made no secret of his desire to move into a race seat and insisted he was ready to make the step up.

"I think I've shown my speed and I really, really hope I can get it,” he told Sky Sports News. “Who wouldn't like to race? Williams would of course be [the] ideal place to stay but it's up to the team to decide and we don't know yet when that's going to happen."




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07.10.2012- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
07.10.2012- Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, crashed
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, crashed
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 leads Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 leads Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 leads Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9

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Ranger - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 3:43 PM

Malodorono was either delusional or just having us on, when said he implied he had choices. There is no better situation for him than Williams and he should consider himself lucky to drive for them.



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