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Pastor Maldonado calms talk of a rift with Williams

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Pastor Maldonado has moved to calm talk of a rift between himself and his current Williams team.

In recent weeks reports have emerged with the Venezuelan showing his frustration at the lack of performance from his Williams car, the tension was only increased after an aggressive maneuver by Maldonado on team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the final chicane at the Japanese Grand Prix.

It is believed Maldonado is eyeing Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus seat for 2014, currently Nico Hulkenberg is the favourite for that seat, however such a move is linked to a new investment tie-up with Quantum Racing and if that money is not forthcoming that could be where the Venezuelan could capitalise.

Complex talks were taking place between Williams and Maldonado's sponsor, Venezuelan oil giant PDVSA, to discuss how much it would cost to buy out their current contract with Williams, which lasts until 2015.

However talks appear to have hit a major hurdle, last week the government in Caracas halted all payments to Venezuelan backed racing drivers amid an investigation into corruption.

Indeed another PDVSA-backed driver, Indycar racer EJ Viso, did not race at the season finale in Fontana last weekend, though he would later post a picture on Twitter of himself in a hospital bed confirming he was infact "ill".

Also on Twitter, Maldonado also had this message for his followers: "I will be in F1 next season proudly representing Venezuela. Hopefully good news soon."

Meanwhile he also looked to calm speculation of a rift between himself and Williams tweeting: "There is a good relationship (between) driver and team, we have been working day and night to improve our performance and results," said Maldonado.

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