Maldonado Confirmed at Williams for the 2011 Season

Williams have announced that 25 year-old Pastor Maldonado will race for them in the 2011 Season, filling the race seat of outgoing German Nico Hulkenberg.

The announcement comes at the tail-end of an incredibly successful season for the Venezuelan driver, after clinching the 2010 GP2 Series title in fourth season in the category. During the season he notched an impressive 6 Feature Race wins in a row a feat that has never been done in that category before.

The other highlight of Maldonado’s career came in 2004, when he won the Italian Formula Renault Championship, with eight wins and six pole positions from seventeen starts.

Maldonado is also fresh off the back of over 2,000 miles of testing in 2009-spec Formula One cars, after testing for both Williams and HRT in Young Driver’s test and the Pirelli tyre testing at Abu Dhabi last month. He turned heads at these tests, particularly in the HRT car, in which he set times seconds ahead of that team’s driver’s qualification times at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Forumula1.com wishes him all the best with his Formula One career and we’re sure there will be plenty of discussion about him on our forums!