Maldonado visits Sauber for talks regarding 2014
14 November, 2013
Pastor Maldonado has is now a top contender for a Sauber seat in 2014.
Blick newspaper’s veteran Formula 1 correspondent Roger Benoit reports that the Venezuelan, whose lucrative backer PDVSA has already exited its deal at Williams, “was at Hinwil” this week.
Benoit, who said that Maldonado was accompanied to Switzerland by his manager Nicolas Todt, said that Sauber did not confirm or deny the news.
The €40 million per year PDVSA deal would be desperately welcomed by Sauber, who have struggled financially throughout the season.
It was believed a Russian deal, including the driver Sergey Sirotkin, had saved the 20-year-old Swiss team, but many believe that the money from Russia never actually arrived.
Indeed, the Swiss business newspaper Handelszeitung reported on Wednesday that the canton of Zurich has filed a new €44,000 claim against Sauber for unpaid electricity bills.
A team insider confirmed to the newspaper that its financial problems “are not yet definitively solved”. (GMM)
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