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Williams confirmed that it was in negotiations with other drivers for a seat in 2013 but gave no indications whether it will change its full line-up or just one of its current drivers.
Both Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado’s contracts are up at the end of the season with the British team free to choose its drivers for next year although it will bide its time before taking a decision.
“It’s too early to say. Sure, we are taking different looks at the issue, but the minute we discuss it we are going to mess-up Pastor and Bruno - and maybe others that we try talking to - so I would give it another month before we are going to have the first idea of what we want,” Williams’ executive director Toto Wolff told the official Formula 1 website.
“Announcing a driver line-up is always an interesting topic so I think we take the approach of making an announcement when it will excite people. Whether it will be in-season or not, I don’t know yet, but we don’t want to drag it out too long,” he added.
Maldonado hasn’t scored a single point since his Spanish Grand Prix win in May and has been involved in several incidents which has attracted the attention of the stewards and resultant penalties.
“Yes, he seems to struggle in some situations in the race. From one stupid, heated incident in Monaco it has almost become an avalanche - and this is affecting his performance,” Wolff noted. “But I think he has understood now that he has to take a different approach - this is not GP2.
“Remember Ayrton Senna in the beginning? Nobody wanted to touch him. In those days there weren’t many grid penalties, but had there been he would probably have had to go back ten places on the grid many times,” he laughed. “We accept all the decisions made by the stewards - we must as they are the police - so maybe Pastor has to change the way he is driving and he has accepted that. So we take it from there.”
Meanwhile Senna has accumulated nearly as many points as his teammate but doesn’t have a strong result to stamp his authority, like a podium, which Williams has been hoping for.
"Bruno is very intelligent and very sensitive and that means he is putting a lot of pressure on himself. Whether it is the name or not, I don’t know," Wolff said. "Bruno is trying to fight the fact that he hasn’t had a huge racing education, as the family didn’t want him to go racing.
"But he has made his way into F1, which means that he is good. He has an extremely fast teammate and he needs to follow his path. He is pushing very hard and we are trying to support him as best we can," he added.