Pastor Maldonado said today that he still doesn’t know which team he will drive for in 2014 – and insisted that the decision is in his hands.
The Venezuelan has been closely linked to Lotus, amid much speculation that a deal has already been done. Meanwhile Sauber has also been mentioned as a possible destination. Not surprisingly his huge PVDSA budget is much in demand, although the sponsor has an ongoing contract with Williams.
Meanwhile his situation has created something of a logjam in the driver market.
“At the moment I don’t have a decision yet,” Maldonado said today. “The decision will be down to me, so I prefer to take some more time. I really hope to have a decision before the end of the season. There are still a couple of weeks to go, so we’ll see. I cannot guarantee I will leave the team, or I will stay. The decision is very important. It’s my third season in my career, so it’s a very important moment professionally for me, and I will want to have the best decision for my future.”
Asked if Lotus was his preferred option, he said: “I cannot mention that at the moment. I have some offers and I’m analysing that very well. I have to have the best decision for myself.”
Maldonado made it clear that various factors would play a part in his choice.
“Many things. It’s not easy as a driver to choose a team, especially when everything will be new for next year. I’ve been here for three years, so it will maybe be an advantage to stay in the team, because I know everyone here. In another team it will be something like starting from zero. I will not be the first one doing that in history. We’ll see.
“Apart from that you have many factors, you need to see who will work with you and for you, the projects, engines, many things. The people, the feeling is very important, to have a good feeling with the people around. Budgets, all the budget plans, it’s very important. I’m taking my time because I need to feel comfortable.”