December 1, 2011
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Maldonado has been confirmed at Williams for next year
Pastor Maldonado will remain at the Williams team for the following year, the team has confirmed.
As well as this, Valterri Bottas has been kept as the team’s reserve driver for 2012. He drove for Williams in the recent young driver test in Abu Dhabi.
Having subtansial sponsorship from petroleum firm PDVSA surely helped the Venezuelan driver, but team principal Frank Williams praised his “consistent and strong race pace”:
"Pastor has proven this year that he is not only quick but also that he is able
to maintain a consistent and strong race pace.
Pastor has been responsible for all of our forays into Q3 in 2011 and his race at
Monaco was outstanding. Pastor has also settled into the team at Williams very
well, contributing strongly in the factory and with our partners.
He will play a critical role in 2012 as we rebuild the team and move forward."
Bottas will take part in 15 Friday practice sessions next year. It still has not been confirmed who will partner Maldonado for 2012.
Pastor scored just a single point in F1 this year, and was heavily criticised for his lunge on Lewis Hamilton at Spa.