Ok…let’s be serious Pastor

The discussion of where Williams F1 driver Pastor Maldonado will go in 2014 continues and an interesting article by Alan Baldwin at Reuters has the Venezuelan taking his time:

“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 so we’ll see,” he said.

“I cannot guarantee I will leave the team or I will stay.”

I submit that Pastor is holding the cards because he’s got $20 million of PDVSA support behind him and both Williams and Lotus F1 could use the cash. Let’s face it, for a guy to have two teams interested in retaining his services would be one thing if you were Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel or Kimi Raikkonen but Pastor Maldonado?

The logical reason he’s being wooed is the PDVSA cash. But Maldonado played coy with that notion by saying:

“I hope if I move they come with me but I cannot guarantee that,” he said.

Ah, so Lotus F1 and Williams F1 both are speaking with you, as well as other teams (per your quote), because of your top-shelf driving and skill? They would sign you without firm confirmation that PDVSA will pay up? I’m not so sure about that.

Pastor won last year’s Spanish Grand Prix from pole position and he’s shown moments of pace and performance but if there were no guarantee of PDVSA sponsorship, I doubt he’d be in Formula 1 next year as there are other young drivers who do have companies cutting checks.

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