Little did Williams know that financial difficulties will make him brake that promise. Of course, nothing is yet official, but according to the electronic version of Brazil's Grande Premio publication, Warm Up, cited by the GMM news agency, it seems that Pastor Maldonado, the Venezuelan driver who won the GP2 title this year, has already signed a deal with the Grove based team.
According to the report, the deal was signed during the second week of October, in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, “in the presence of a top official of the Grove based team and Maldonado's sponsor PDVSA, the state-owned petroleum company.”
PDVSA will therefore substitute (financially speaking) current Williams F1 sponsors such as RBS, Philips, AirAsia and McGregor, which are set to end their partnership deals with the Grove organization at the end of this season. Finally, the reportedly sum of money PDVSA will use to back 25-year old Maldonado in F1 will be EUR15 million.
Needless to say, neither of the two parties confirmed the news up to this point.
Recent reports about Williams' poor financial status have surfaced in the media in recent weeks, despite co-owner Christian 'Toto' Wolff – who currently holds 10 percent of the team – telling motorline.cc otherwise.
“If you look at the last 12 months, 2009 for us was a good and very profitable year,” he insisted.