His chances of a drive at Williams may have faded following Nico Hulkenberg’s eye-popping performance in Brazil but GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado still has his sights set firmly on an F1 drive – albeit one a little further down the grid.
The well-funded Venezuelan is already confirmed for a day of running with Williams at the young driver test that follows next weekend’s Abu Dhabi GP, and has now confirmed he’ll join Hispania for the other three days. We think it’s safe to say it’ll be the Williams he enjoys driving the most, but Pastor is still looking forward to his chance to drive for the Spanish team.
“It will be something special to test with Hispania Racing after being the GP2 champion,” said Maldonado. “It will definitely be an experience and one I am looking forward to very much.
“The three days will be very important. I hope to contribute to the development of the team and to accumulate as much experience as possible.
“My previous experience will be very important, at this test in particular. Having the experience that I do can only help me adapt to a new, more complex category. I know as well that it has only increased my determination to be successful.”
Maldonado and Hispania is a bit of a match made in heaven. He’s got hefty backing from oil company PDVSA and as GP2 champ clearly has a fair bit of racing ability. If Williams decide to keep Hulkenberg for 2011 – which is by no means guaranteed – then we may well see Maldonado at the wheel of a Hispania come next season.
For more on Pastor’s hopes of driving for Williams click here