Venezuela's Pastor Maldonado will celebrate his recently-announced race deal with Williams by performing a street demo in last year's FW32 on the streets of his hometown Caracas next week on Friday, January 14th. Maldonado will become the first Venezuelan to race in Formula One since Johnny Cecoto competed for Toleman in 1984, a fellow Caracas native.
The demonstration will be held just outside of Caracas around one of the country's most renowned national monuments, Los Proceres, in front of an anticipated capacity crowd. Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez is also expected to attend the show, having supported Maldonado throughout his racing career through the state-owned oil company PDVSA PSDVA is now a major Williams sponsor after signing Maldonado to race for 2011.
“I'm so happy the team are coming to Venezuela. To be given the opportunity of driving a Formula One car in front of my fellow countrymen is going to be something very special,” commented Maldonado. “We will definitely put on a good show for everyone who attends. Now that I am a confirmed race driver for Williams, this feels like giving something back to the people who have supported my career and put their faith in me over the years.”