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November14,2013ByPaulHensbyLeaveaCommentVenezuelanFormula1driverPastorMaldonadoadmitsheishappytobeleavingWilliamsattheendof2013afterthreeyearsattheteam,sayingthatheandtheteamwerenolongergoodforeachother。

WilliamshaveannouncedBrazilianFelipeMassaashisreplacementtopartnerFinnishdriverValtteriBottas,whoremainsattheteamforasecondconsecutiveseason。

MassajoinsaftersevenyearsatFerrari,whileBottashasenduredarelativelyunderstatedseasoninarathermediocreWilliams。

Iamveryhappy,MaldonadosaidbeforehisappearanceattheFOTAFanForuminAustin。

SinceacoupleofmonthsIwasinconversationwiththeteamandIwantedtoleavetheteam。

Thatisit。

Iamveryhappyforthat。

Itwasmydecision。

InSingaporeIdecidedtoleavetheteammoreorlessanditwas100percentmydecision。

Whereasthe2012SpanishGrandPrixvictorywasanobvioushighforMaldonado,hesuggestsWilliamshavenotprovidedthecarhefeelshedeservesandneedstoshowoffhistalents,andhasonlyenabledtheVenezuelantoscoreasinglepointallseason,foratenthplacefinishinHungary。

IthinkIdeliveredmoretotheteamthantheyforme,heexplained。

Wefoundavictory,wefoundaverygoodresultlastyear,andeventhisyearwehavebeendoingquitewellraces。

Butthisisnoteverything。

Iamwaitingforsomethingmore,IamexpectingsomethingmorefromF1。

Whenaskedabouthisfutureplans,headmittedthathehadbeenincontactwithLotusregardingtheirsecondseatfor2014alongsideRomainGrosjean,butnothinghadbeensignedandotherteamswereinplay,believedtobeSauberandForceIndia。

ForsurewearetalkingwithLotus,butIhaveacouplemoreoptions,hesaid。

MaybeIhaveanidea[ofwhatIwanttodo]。

Weareworkingonthat。

Ihopetohavethefinaldecisionsoonandaclearroutefornextyear。

MaldonadoisbackedbyPDVSA,thestate-ownedcompanywhichcontrolsVenezuelaspetroleumindustry,soshouldbeabletostayinFormula1,thoughthatdependsondrivesbeingavailable。

AndalthoughPDVSAsfive-yeardealwithWilliamsshouldrununtilthecloseofthe2015season,itislikelyanagreementwillbereachedtoensurecompensationtotheteamisgivenbecauseofthechangeofplans。

Ireallyneedagoodcartoenjoyit,andthisyearImnotenjoyingit,saidMaldonadoattheendofOctober。

ImlivingareallybadmomentandIneedsomemotivationtokeepdoingmybest。

Iwantsomethingmore。

Imhereforsomethingmore。

Maldonadowasalsoaskedaboutwhenthedecisionfor2014wouldbemadeorannounced,andhehopeditwouldallbesettledbytheendofthisseason。

Ihopetohavethedecisionbeforetheendoftheseasonandtherearestillacoupleofweekstogo,sowewillsee。

Itsmythirdseason,soitsaveryimportantmomentprofessionallyformeandIwillwanttomakethebestdecisionformyfuture。

Sources:Autosport

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