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Maldonado's Williams days numbered?

Thursday 17-October-2013 12:31

Pastor Maldonado could be on the look-out for a new home with reports claiming his Williams deal won't be extended into 2014.

Backed by Venezuelan oil company PDVSA, Maldonado made his Formula One debut back in 2011 with Williams.

However, his arrival coincided with a downturn in the team's fortunes and in his first year he scored just one point.

And although 2012 saw a mini revival, including a victory at the Spanish GP, this year Maldonado is yet again sitting on one point.

Added to that, the 28-year-old has at times been vocal in criticising Williams' car and strategies, sparking rumours that his days are numbered.

According to the BBC's Eddie Jordan - who got Michael Schumacher's comeback at Mercedes right but may have missed with his recent prediction that Nico Hulkenberg is set to return to Force India - Maldonado won't be at Williams next season.

His departure, though, may have more to do with the driver than the team with EJ claiming 'Maldonado has been trying to get out of Williams all season.'

The BBC adds that a switch to Force India or Sauber could be on the cards.

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