Patrick Head has defended Williams’ new driver for 2011, Pastor Maldonado.
The team faced criticism after dropping Nico H?â??lkenberg for Maldonado, despite a promising performance by H?â??lkenberg in his debut season including a pole position in Brazil.
Maldonado brings sponsorship from Venezuelan state petroleum company PDVSA.
Head wrote in a column for “Motorsport”:
Alongside Rubens will be Pastor Maldonado, who won the 2010 GP2 Championship with more victories than any previous champion.
He comes with some financial support, but deserves his opportunity on merit.
Williams have retained lead driver Rubens Barrichello but several of their major sponsorship deals including RBS expired at the end of last year.
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