Maldonado: I think I delivered more for Williams than they did for me
14 November, 2013
Pastor Maldonado has revealed that it was his decision to leave Williams and admits he is very happy to have come to an arrangement to leave the team which, in his opinion, has under-delivered.
Asked by media in Austin if he was disappointed to leave the British team, he replied: “No, I am very happy! [Because] a couple of months ago [already] I was in conversation with the team and I wanted to leave the team and that’s it. I am very happy for that”
“Personally I want to try something different. It is a very important time for me in my career; it’s a tough decision but a great one. It was my decision. I think in Singapore more or less I decided to leave the team and it was 100% my decision,” added Maldonado.
The Venezuelan scored his first and, as yet, only win for the team at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix when the team had a car capable of running at the front. This season their form has deteriorated with Maldonado struggling to reach the heights he attained a year earlier.
Maldonado explained, “I’m Latin American, I need to…I’m a very hot driver; I showed that on the track as well. My [conditions] in the team were not the best so I am looking to have a better [condition] around me and try to deliver even more…I think I delivered more for the team than they did for me.”
It is no secret that he has substantial backing through his sponsor PDVSA, and is actively looking for a berth on the grid with Lotus and even Force India being possible targets. Negotiations are ongoing and his plans for 2014 are not yet final.
“We are working on it. I hope to have a clear decision soon and everything all sorted. Every week I’ve heard something different. For sure we are talking with Lotus as well but I have a couple more options. Maybe I have the idea and we are working on that and I hope to have the final decision soon and a clear role for next year,” concluded Maldonado.
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