Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Maldonado “deserves his opportunity”, says Head

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Abu Dhabi, 2010
Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Patrick Head has defended Williams’ new driver for 2011, Pastor Maldonado.

The team faced criticism after dropping Nico H???lkenberg for Maldonado, despite a promising performance by H???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.
Patrick Head

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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