Williams confirms Maldonado as second driver

Williams confirms Maldonado as second driver

Williams now has GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado confirmed as second driver for next season. The 25-year-old Venezuelan Nico Hülkenberg take the seat on which no new contract was awarded to Williams. Maldonado will run alongside Rubens Barrichello who had previously received a contract extension.

Maldonado has been a while linked with a seat at Williams. He tested two weeks ago for the team during the “Young Driver Test” in Abu Dhabi. Reportedly, the newcomer also sponsors a number of them. He is already in the clouds by announcing: “It’s a real honor for me that a team like Williams chose me. This is the perfect end to a fantastic year. I did all that mileage for the team and I can not wait to get everyone on the team and our work as well as possible next year to prepare. ”
“It is the first time in 30 years that a new Venezuelan F1 drive. So I will do my utmost to provide the best possible results in exchange for the support I got from my country. ”

Maldonado raced a total of four seasons and took the GP2 title this year after six victories Rapax. Frank Williams followed the progress of Maldonado since his debut victory in Monaco in 2007.

“Pastor I had already noticed in 2007 after a remarkable victory in 2007 in Monte Carlo. Since then I noticed his talent several times, especially after his string of six consecutive victories this year, “said the owner of Williams.

Williams announced just after the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi that Rubens Barrichello next year, further extending his record and his 19th F1 season.

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