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Williams announce Pastor Maldonado re-signed for 2012 // One half of the driver line-up is confirmed

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Williams have confirmed the re-signing of Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado for 2012, along with the announcement that Valtteri Bottas will take up the reserve driver position. Maldonado had his debut season in F1 with Williams this year, and has clearly impressed to be retained for his second year with them.

Talking of the opportunity, Pastor said: “This has been a tough season for the whole team but it has given me personally the opportunity to learn and developed.”

Meanwhile, Frank Williams spoke of his two announced drivers, saying: “Pastor has proven this year that he is not only quick but also that he is able to maintain a consistent and strong race pace. Pastor has been responsible for all of our forays into Q3 in 2011 and his race at Monaco was outstanding.”

Of Bottas, Frank added: “We have a very specific approach to young driver development, working with one highly talented individual over a period of years. Valtteri has proved a very capable and rounded young man of fierce determination.”