D he engagement of Pastor Maldonado was not a big surprise after Hulkenberg was kicked out more. The Venezuelan, who won the title in the GP2 junior class this year, allegedly brings several million euros in sponsorship money to the clammy Williams team.
The 25-year-old will be at the side next year of the Grand Prix record starter Rubens Barrichello from Brazil. Hülkenberg, on the other hand, is still looking for a new Formula 1 employer. His last option for a regular cockpit is the Force India team, for which the Graefelfinger Adrian Sutil also drives.
Maldonado wants to repay his country's aid
Even if not so much Pastor Maldonado was satisfied with his own achievement as more of his sponsorship dowry was responsible for the obligation. 'It is a great privilege to be one of their racing drivers. It is a great end to a wonderful year for me. I have already tested with the team in Abu Dhabi and can't wait to really get into work to be the best I can Bringing shape for next year. '
Maldonado makes no secret of the fact that Venezuelan petrodollars paved the way for him into the cockpit. '2011 will be the first time in almost 30 years that a Venezuelan has driven a Formula 1 car. I hope for good results to repay the support from my country, whose help put me in this position.'