Maldonado eager to sort out Williams future

Pastor Maldonado has called on Williams to not leave him in limbo this season when it comes to his future with the team.

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The past two years Maldonado has had to wait until the season has finished before discovering he has secured a drive with the Grove-based marque for the following campaign.

With this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix heralding the start of the second half of the season after its four-week summer break, the Venezuelan said: "I hope I don't face the same situation as before.

"As a driver you want to stay calm and to be sure of your future, so I hope it is sorted quite soon, but it's down to my manager to do that. Nicolas (Prost) is working on it.

"I'm fully focused on my performance, on doing my best every day and being competitive on track."

Over the summer Maldonado found himself linked with Lotus, seemingly a sensible option given the money he brings with him from PDVSA, the state oil company of Venezuela.

With the futures of both Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean up in the air, a move to Enstone for Maldonado would also represent a step in the right direction.

"I heard a lot of rumours over the holiday," added Maldonado.

"One of my best mates often called me when I was on the beach telling me he was reading in the papers about me going to Ferrari, going to Lotus - I don't know how many teams.

"Right now, I am fully focused on this season. There is no point in saying I am going elsewhere because I am in a good place.

"Obviously we've not had the results this season, but the potential is big - as always - if we work together and harder, and I hope to stay and be here next season, but you don't know."

Maldonado's dream is still to win the world title with Williams, a noble but seemingly-improbable scenario given the team have won only one race in the last eight and a half years.

Maldonado, who scored the team's first point of this season in the last race in Hungary, still firmly believes in Williams.

"My dream is still to win the championship with Williams before I go to another team. That's been my mission since I arrived at the team," said Maldonado.

"I have a lot of responsibility on my back. I not only drive for Williams, but also my entire country and PDVSA.

"Right now I feel I'm doing well, the team is happy with the way I'm driving.

"We just need to get everything together to be more consistent as a team, but the spirit is high, even if the results have not been there this season. We are improving throughout the team.

"So I feel happy and motivated to keep working, and it's something special to be at this team.

"I'm also in my third season now, so I know the people, engineers, the whole team.

"I've shown everyone I'm quick, can win, be competitive, consistent and solid."

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