Maldonado: I would like to win the championship with Williams
17 August, 2012
Aug.17 (GMM) Incident prone Pastor Maldonado has revealed that he wants to stay at Williams for at least another year, despite a topsy turvy season which has seen him attain the heights of winning his first grand prix, but also sinking to numerous lows with several expensive shunts.
He then defied his ‘pay driver’-labelling critics by winning in Barcelona earlier this season, but has also faced criticism for making too many mistakes.
Maldonado is quoted by the Spanish news agency EFE as saying that he would like to stay at Williams in 2013.
“I would, without doubt, stay there for a while – a year at least. “Before leaving Williams I would like to win the championship with them,” Maldonado told the media during a promo visit to Venezuela.
Asked if he has any alternative plans, he said “there are enough teams on the grid” to give him a good chance of continuing to race. But he called Williams a “legendary” and “historical” team, admitting that it is too early to know for sure where he will be in 2013.
Williams, said Maldonado, is priority one, “I would love the opportunity of winning a world championship with this great team who gave me the opportunity to come into F1.”
Maldonado has attracted criticism for his overly aggressive driving, which has resulted in several controversial incidents and also substantially dented Williams’ budget. Most recently he shunted during a demo run in Caracas.
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