It has been a nightmare start to Williams’ 2013 season.
Pastor Maldonado has admitted he cannot be certain his F1 career will continue long after the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Williams on Wednesday played down fears the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez could hurt the British team.
Through 2012 Barcelona winner Pastor Maldonado, Oxfordshire based Williams is heavily sponsored by PDVSA, the state-controlled Venezuelan oil company. The deal has always been closely associated with Chavez, the controversial Venezuelan president who was personally involved in the promotion of Maldonado’s career.
State-sponsored F1 driver Pastor Maldonado’s future appears clouded, following the death of controversial Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Backed by the state-controlled oil company PDVSA, the Williams driver expressed relief late last year when the socialist incumbent was re-elected for a new six year term. “Long live democracy!” Maldonado, who was a personal friend of the late Chavez, had exclaimed on Twitter.
State-sponsored F1 driver Pastor Maldonado on Sunday publicly prayed for the recovery of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Backed by the state-controlled oil company PDVSA, 27-year-old Maldonado expressed relief late last year when socialist incumbent Chavez was re-elected. “Long live democracy!” the Williams driver had exclaimed on Twitter.
Williams driver Pastor Maldonado last Saturday married journalist Gabriele Tarkanyi in Canaima, Venezuela.
International media reports said the event was attended only by the couple’s closest family and friends. Maria Gabriela Chavez, the daughter of Hugo Chavez, was slated to attend, but she is reportedly at her father’s side as the Venezuelan president recovers in Cuba from cancer surgery.
Pastor Maldonado has admitted there is “a chance” he will switch teams ahead of the 2013 season.
Days ago, before Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was re-elected by his countrymen, the lucratively PDVSA-backed Maldonado answered “we’ll see” when asked if he will still be a Williams driver next season.
Last Sunday proved that Pastor Maldonado is no mere ‘pay driver’.
“If he was a fool, he would not be with us, no matter how much money he brings,” Sir Frank Williams is quoted by Brazil’s Globo Esporte. Venezuelan Maldonado, whose links to the state owned oil company PDVSA and president Hugo Chavez controversially deliver many millions to Williams’ Oxfordshire based team, became F1′s fifth different winner of 2012 last weekend in Spain.
Maldonado is backed directly by PDVSA, and is famously close to Venezuela’s controversial president Hugo Chavez.
A leaked invoice suggests PDVSA, the state owned Venezuelan oil company, is paying a staggering US$46 million for its sponsorship of the Williams team in 2012. Despite its authenticity having not been confirmed, the invoice from Williams – includes the Oxfordshire based team’s correct Barclays bank account – requests the full amount in pounds sterling.
“Peter Sauber does not like inexperienced drivers who commit many mistakes.”
Pastor Maldonado, the new GP2 champion, had hoped to secure the Sauber race seat alongside Kamui Kobayashi for 2011. The 25-year-old is managed by Nicolas Todt and backed by Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA and even the South American country’s president Hugo Chavez.
Maldonado backed by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.
GP2 championship leader Pastor Maldonado claims Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez wants him to debut in formula one. The well-sponsored 25-year-old has been linked with F1 seats several times, including when he was close to inking a deal with the hopeful Serbian outfit Stefan GP.
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