Williams driver Pastor Maldonado has insisted that he is yet to make a decision about his future as rumors linking the Venezuelan driver with a move away from the team persist.
Maldonado’s relationship with Williams appears to have deteriorated in recent weeks due to the poor pace of the car, causing him to claim that he “may as well stay at home”. Further to that, a rift emerged with teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Japanese Grand Prix when Maldonado forced the Finn off the track at the third to last corner of the race, gaining a position in the process. However, the Venezuelan driver insists that he has nothing to reveal about his future yet.
“At the moment, I don’t have a decision yet,” he explained. “The decision will be down to me so I prefer to take some more time. I really hope to have the decision before the end of the season, there’s still a couple of weeks to go so we’ll see. I cannot guarantee I will leave the team or I will stay, I will do my best.
“The decision is very important. It’s my third season in my career, so it’s a very important moment professionally for me. I will want to have the best decision for my future.”
However, Maldonado did confirm that he had more than one offer on the table as well as stating that he would like backers PDVSA to follow him to his new team. Lotus team principal Eric Boullier revealed in India that Kimi Raikkonen’s seat would most probably be filled by either Maldonado or Nico Hulkenberg next season, and the money from the state-owned Venezuelan oil company could remedy some of the financial troubles at Enstone, but a recent investigation by the government could put this funding at risk.
“I have some offers at the moment and I’m analyzing that very well,” Maldonado explained. “I’m hoping to have the best decision for myself.
“Many teams are struggling with money, I cannot guarantee that I have or will have money. In my career, I have a strong sponsor in my back which is quite good. If I move, I hope for them to come with me.”