Thursday, 10 November 2011

F1 : Maldonado happy to keep Barrichello as Williams Formula 1 team-mate

As Williams considers its options, Pastor Maldonado has revealed he is happy to race at the British Formula One team alongside Rubens Barrichello.

With his millions in Venezuelan backing, the 2011 rookie's race seat is considered safe for 2012.

But the same it not true of Brazilian veteran Barrichello, as Williams admits talks with Kimi Raikkonen and reportedly also eyes Force India's experienced and sponsor backed Adrian Sutil.

"The season might not have been great but I believe, at Williams, we have one of the best driver pairings in Formula 1," said Maldonado.

"Unfortunately, the car is not competitive but, to have Rubens as a team-mate, for me, is great because he has helped me with everything," he is quoted by The National.

"He's an incredibly talented driver and is still so incredibly motivated. He's helped me to improve my time and technique out there."

Williams, likely to finish the 2011 championship ahead only of Formula 1's small new in 2010 teams, has had arguably the worst ever season in its decades of history.

It is therefore easy to point the finger at someone like Maldonado, who despite winning last year's GP2 championship is seen by many as a typical 'pay driver'.

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