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Maldonado eyes long-term deal

Pastor Maldonado has called on Williams to provide him with a long-term contract to ensure he has a more stable working environment.

Williams have yet to announce their line-up for 2013, although it is expected Maldonado will remain with the Grove-based team for a third consecutive season.

Although Maldonado has been hauled before the stewards on a number of occasions this season, he has proven at times he has the talent to succeed.

Maldonado's victory in Barcelona in May and third place in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago have been the highlights, and with the vast financial support of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, he appears certain to stay.

Should that be the case, Maldonado would naturally prefer more than another one-year deal.

"That would be good," he said of a long-term deal.

"You are more calm, more focused on your work, especially if you want to develop the car for next season.

"You are more comfortable working for the team, but we'll see. At the moment everything is looking good."

Maldonado, however, is effectively still in a state of limbo ahead of the final two races of the campaign, starting in the United States tomorrow and then Brazil next weekend.

The 27-year-old is hoping there may be an announcement before the curtain comes down on the campaign at Interlagos, believing he has done enough to warrant a new contract despite the incidents.

"There is no confirmation at the moment, and I'm not 100 per cent sure when. I'm waiting for that. We are negotiating and that's it," added Maldonado.

"From my side I believe I've done quite a good job. Maybe I paid for some of the mistakes I made, and it's been a hard season.

"The gaps have been close, but I've made up the difference in some important races, and I think the team is very happy with me as well.

"I've been building things with a good team here. They know me well and I hope to be here.

"But there is no confirmation, so I cannot say I will be here next year. Anything can happen in Formula One."

Despite PDVSA's support of Williams, Maldonado insists that does not guarantee his presence in the car for next year.

"They are behind me, but their contract is with the team," said Maldonado.

"They are with me, but then we are separated at the same time. Let's see what happens in these next two weeks.

"Of course, they are interested in seeing me in the car they sponsor, and naturally I hope to be here, with a conclusion quite soon I hope."