Maldonado-to-Williams rumours grow

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, GP2, 2010

Reports in the Brazilian press claim GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado will join Rubens Barrichello at Williams in 2011, replacing Nico H???lkenberg.

There has been much speculation over H???lkenberg’s seat in recent days as Williams are believed to need a driver who can bring sponsorship to the team next year.

Maldonado is heavily backed by Venezuela’s state-owned petroleum company PDVSA.

The same Brazilian journalists who broke the news of Barrichello joining Williams this year believe Maldonado will bring ??15m (??13.1m) to the team.

While others claim Williams do not need the money it is known that several of their sponsorship deals come to an end after this season, including RBS and Air Asia.

H???lkenberg and Maldonado were team mates at ART in GP2 last year when H???lkenberg won the title.

Read more: 2011 F1 drivers and teams

Thanks to Willian Ceolin for the tip.

Image ?? GP2 Media/LAT