Pastor Maldonado is confident he will remain on the F1 grid despite Venezuela's new sports minister threatening to cut off all motorsport sponsorship.
Maldonado entered F1 with the help of his PDVSA sponsorship with the Venezuela's state-owned oil company sponsoring not only the driver but also his teams.
However, that funding is under threat.
New sports minister Antonio Alvarez recently stated that "there will not be another dollar for motorsport."
He added that it is "unfair to use state money in disciplines that do not contribute to the development of sport in this country."
But despite Alvarez's threat, Maldonado is adamant his Formula One future is not on the line....
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