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Venezuela's new sports minister has hinted that Pastor Maldonado's funding could be at risk.
Maldonado's racing career has been hugely financed by Venezuelan state-owned oil giants PDVSA, but the death of Hugo Chavez in 2013 sparked a period of unrest in the South American country.
Maldonado, who moved from Williams to Lotus at the start of 2014 and has yet to claim a championship point, had a good relationship with Chavez but the new sports minister has indicated that Maldonado's funding could soon run dry.
"I know I'm going to win a lot of enemies," Antonio Alvarez is quoted by Venezuelan publication Ultimas Noticias.
"But there will be not one more dollar...
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