F1 driver Pastor Maldonado is on the hunt for a longer term contract with Williams
Last Updated: 17/11/12 3:47pm
Pastor Maldonado: Wanting a commitment from Williams
F1 driver Pastor Maldonado has expressed a desire for a longer term contract with Williams.
Williams have not revealed their line-up for the new season in 2013, although it is likely Maldonado will remain with the Grove-based team for a third consecutive season.
The Venezuelan secured the team's first victory in almost a decade in May when he won the Spanish GP with a faultless display of frontrunning.
Maldonado may have been hauled before the stewards on a number of occasions this season, he has proven at times he has the talent to succeed.
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And after finishing fifth in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago - Maldonado having started the race an impressive third - the 27-year-old insisted a contract longer than one year would be "good".
"You are more calm, more focused on your work, especially if you want to develop the car for next season," he said.
"You are more comfortable working for the team, but we'll see. At the moment everything is looking good.
"There is no confirmation at the moment, and I'm not 100% when. I'm waiting for that. We are negotiating and that's it.
"From my side I believe I've done quite a good job. Maybe I paid for some of
the mistakes I made, and it's been a hard season.
"The gaps have been close, but I've made up the difference in some important races, and I think the team is very happy with me as well. I've been building things with a good team here. They know me well and I hope to be here.
"But there is no confirmation, so I cannot say I will be here next year. Anything can happen in Formula One."