| YEONGAM, South Korea
YEONGAM, South Korea Oct 24 Williams will take
commercial considerations into account before deciding their
2011 driver line up, according to the Formula One team's
co-owner Patrick Head.
The former champions' current drivers are experienced
Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, 38, and German rookie Nico
The team, who are losing major sponsor Royal Bank of
Scotland (RBS) at the end of the year, have been linked to
Venezuela's newly-crowned GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado in
recent media speculation.
While neither Barrichello nor Hulkenberg bring funding to
the team, Maldonado is backed by his country's state-owned oil
Asked at the Korean Grand Prix about reports in Caracas
suggesting the Venezuelan was close to a deal if not already
signed up, Head referred reporters to Williams chairman Adam
Parr, who is not in South Korea.
Asked how much the decision would be based on talent and
how much on commercial considerations, he said: "Those are
things which we will weigh up.
"It's terrible to hide behind a board but these things will
be debated and are being debated in the Williams board," he
"And at the moment we are not in a position where we are
making any final decisions. I know it sounds very superior to
say so, but when we are ready we will be saying what we are
Head, who will have a say in the driver selection, said
Hulkenberg had done sufficient already to justify his place in
Barrichello, winner of 11 races in a career of record
longevity, has scored more than double the German's 17 points
and is considered sure to stay given his expertise and
Hulkenberg, managed by Michael Schumacher's former
commercial mentor Willi Weber, told reporters this week that he
would not pay to keep his place.
"I don't want to be a driver who gets a seat because of
money. I never wanted to, it's not my intention," said the
23-year-old. "For me talent counts, I hope for the team too."
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