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Maldonado spoilt for choice?

2013-11-01 08:27

IN DEMAND: Williams, Lotus, Mercedes… Pastor Maldonado said he has several race seats to consider for 2014. Image: AP

ALAN BALDWIN

ABU DHABI, UAE - Formula 1 driver Pastor Maldonado said he has several offers on the table for 2014 and the decision to leave or stay at Williams would be his.

Maldonado, rumoured to be headed for Lotus, said that no decision had been taken.

IN DEMAND

Maldonado said: "The decision will be down to me so I prefer to take some more time. I really hope to have the decision before the end of the season, still a couple of weeks to go. I cannot guarantee I will leave or stay."

Maldonado, a winner from pole in Spain in 2012, has endured a grim season at former champion team Williams, only one point to his and the team's credit.

He said he was taking time to analyse race-seat offers because it was a big decision.

Williams will switch from Renault to Mercedes power for 2014 when turbocharged V6 engines will be introduced. Cash-strapped Lotus is the only team still to sign an engine deal for 2014 although the team is sure to remain with Renault, whose engines are also used by Red Bull.

PREFERRED OPTION?

Maldonado said: "Mercedes looks quite strong so I'm taking that into consideration."

Asked whether Lotus was the preferred option, he would not comment.

Maldonado has been heavily backed throughout his career by Venezuelan oil giant PDVSA, which is Williams' biggest sponsor, and he hoped that corporate support would continue wherever he goes.

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