Williams Confirms Maldonado Test at Abu Dhabi

Pastor Maldonado seems to move closer and closer to securing a future F1 deal with Williams-Cosworth, as the Venezuelan driver was confirmed as one of the drivers to be tested by Frank Williams' team in the post-season test at Abu Dhabi.

Although some media reports in South America have moved to confirm that Maldonado has already signed a pre-agreement with Williams-Cosworth, neither of the two parties made any official statements in recent weeks. The GP2 champion has been widely rumored to replace Nico Hulkenberg at Williams next year, while backed by state-owned petroleum company PDVSA (who will reportedly pour some EUR15 million into Williams' accounts next year alone).

In the meantime, however, what has been confirmed for the time being is that Maldonado will be joined in the Williams' test line-up by F2 champion Dean Stoneman (the F2 champion gets a Williams test-drive award at the end of each season). Additionally, Valtteri Bottas has been confirmed as test driver of the Grove based team for the second year running.

We are delighted to have the two reigning champions of the two strongest feeder series for Formula 1 in the FW32 for these two test days,” said Williams in a statement for the press.

Valtteri fought hard for his third place in this year's Formula 3 Euro Series, taking two wins and six podiums in a very competitive year.

He also set a record with his second consecutive victory in the Formula 3 Masters. He has worked hard both on and off the track and learnt a great deal. We continue to see talent, discipline and dedication and are happy to help foster that further in 2011.
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