"That's good news, isn't it?" Hulkenberg smiled after hearing about his options on Sunday, after finishing the US Grand Prix in a strong sixth place.
Venezuelan oil company will continue backing Williams and driver Pastor Maldonado
Maldonado's signing indeed comes with "financial support".
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While it appears Sauber has two young drivers with the cash flow, the Russian may not be ready for Formula One, leaving a spot for Hulkenberg to remain with the team.
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The Quantum group is led by Mansour Ijaz, who after playing down speculation in Abu Dhabi recently, has now travelled to Austin with the same message.
With the departure of Mike Coughlan, the door opened for Pat Symonds at the Williams F1 team, and Pastor Maldonado commented: "I think we need some change"
Following the first laps on track of the E22, drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado look to the season ahead.