Pastor Maldonado says he is yet to finalise his plans for 2014 and is still weighing up his options. Some suggest a move to Lotus is already complete but the Venezuelan insists his future has yet to be decided.
He has raced for the Williams F1 Team since his debut in the sport in 2011, but their current slump in form has caused him to look elsewhere. Alongside the vacant seat at Lotus and remaining at Williams, other possibilities include Sauber and Force India.
Lotus have made it clear that Nico Hulkenberg is their preferred choice but whether they sign him or not hinges on the Enstone based outfit agreeing a deal with investment consortium Quantum Motorsports.
Talking about his plans for next season in the Yas Marina paddock, Maldonado said: “At the moment, I have not made the decision yet. The decision will be down to me, so I prefer to take some more time. I hope to have the decision before the end of the season and there are still a couple of weeks to go, so we will see. I cannot guarantee I will leave [Williams] or will stay.”
He added: “It’s my third season [in Formula 1], so it’s a very important moment professionally for me and I want to make the best decision for my future.”
The 28-year-old also hushed rumours that his relationship with Williams has deteriorated. “There is a lot of speculation saying that my relationship with the team is completely broken but that’s not true,” he said. “I’m doing my best and every race we are working. We are trying to do our best and we will try to do our best until the end of the season.”
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