Pastor Maldonado, the Venezuelan Formula One driver, is in advanced dialogues with Sauber regarding a Formula One contract for next year, as he calculates rival offers from Lotus and Force India.
After the break up with Williams, the Maldonado had been strongly linked with Lotus Formula One team. Earlier, Lotus singled out the Venezuelan driver as their main target. In the midst of increasing doubts regarding the status of the Quantum contract, which has yet to be finished, Pastor has been thinking of other options and now he is being aimed by Sauber.
Speaking to reporters, before the Brazilian Grand Prix, Pastor Maldonado told that he would like to have a confirmation soon, but he is not in a hurry. They are working on that. This could be hours or days or weeks. At times, when a person is negotiating, it takes some time. No matter which team he goes to, he would be in Formula One.
Even though Lotus is the fastest of the teams that Pastor is speaking to, he thinks that that both Force India and Sauber have equally great potential for next year. He told that Lotus is a good option, but even Sauber is a good option, even Force India is a good option. These two teams have shown that they are quite competitive. At the start of this season, Force India had been more competitive compared to McLaren. People know which teams have available seats.