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Maldonado 'close' to 2014 deal

Pastor Maldonado says he is close to agreeing a deal to keep him on the F1 grid for the 2014 season
Pastor Maldonado says he is close to inking a deal that will see him secure a drive for the 2014 F1 season.

The Venezuelan is currently one of the key men in the driver market following his departure from Williams, and has been linked to a role with either Lotus or Sauber for next year.

Of the two, Maldonado is hotly tipped to be on his way to Lotus due the financial backing he can provide from PDVSA and he said he was now close to finalising an agreement with his team of choice for what will be his fourth season on the grid.

"We are quite close to be honest," he was quoted by ESPN. "We have been working very hard since many months ago and now we are just waiting for confirmation to finish all the stuff you need to do, contracts and everything.

"For sure I know [who I want to drive for]. With my team and Nicolas (Todt) we took the decision, so let's see. Until you sign you never know; I would prefer to sign and to be 100 per cent sure before it is announced … it could be signed now, tonight, tomorrow, in one week, next month; we all are waiting to get the agreement done."

Despite the apparent breakdown of his relationship with Williams in recent weeks, Maldonado admitted he was thankful to the team for giving him the chance to move into F1, and said he was moving to pastures new as a better driver.

"I really learned a lot from the team,” he said. “They gave me the opportunity to have Rubens Barrichello as my team-mate in the first year, last year we won a race which was very special for the team after many races without winning. Even looking at the situation we had this year it's looking not easy to get back to winning races. I think it was very special.

"This year I learned even more than the previous two seasons even if we did not achieve the targets but I feel ready now to choose something else."



Related Pictures

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23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35
23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35
23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35
26.07.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Roberto Merhi (ESP) Manor Marussia F1 Team
26.07.2015 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23 and Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-30.
26.07.2015 - Race, Start of the race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB11
26.07.2015 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
26.07.2015 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
26.07.2015 - Race, Roberto Merhi (ESP) Manor Marussia F1 Team and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
26.07.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37
26.07.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37
26.07.2015 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
26.07.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW37
26.07.2015 - Race, Crash, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23

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Taz

November 26, 2013 9:35 AM
Last Edited 610 days ago

Grateful?....he's having a laugh. Considering what he said about Williams, the only reason he'll be staying in F1 is his oil millions to keep Lotus afloat. Sooner or later he'll have a coming together with the much improved Grosjean and when things don't start going his way it will get very public and messy. Hope they know what they're letting themselves in for. There will be plenty of shattered carbon fibre and tantrums, actually himself & Boullier deserve each other.



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