The Williams team have announced that they will run their 2010 race car in Venezuela on Friday 14 January to mark the appointment of Pastor Maldonado to the team.
The demonstration will be held just outside of Caracas, around Los Proceres, one of the country’s most renowned national monuments. President Chavez is expected to attend.
Venezuelan-born Maldonado is looking forward to the event, and is keen to give something back to his compatriots. “I'm so happy the team are coming to Venezuela,” said the new Williams driver. “To be given the opportunity of driving a Formula One car in front of my fellow countrymen is going to be something very special. We will definitely put on a good show for everyone who attends. Now that I am a confirmed race driver for AT&T Williams, this feels like giving something back to the people who have supported my career and put their faith in me over the years.”
Team Principal Frank Williams explained why the team were travelling all the way to South America next week: “Away from the race track, we have demonstrated our cars in many prestigious locations around the world. It is always a pleasure to do so, and a privilege to share with the public the sheer power of a Formula One car. We are therefore delighted that Pastor has invited us to Venezuela, and for him to be driving our car in his home country.”