Williams: no decision on drivers yet

By on Thursday, November 24, 2011

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The 2011 season is approaching its end, but now the 2012 silly season is on full throttle, with much attention being paid to Williams' future driver lineup. For weeks it has been speculated that 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, could be the team’s preferred option as the teammate of Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado. Speculation was further fuelled when both parties, Williams officials as well as the Finnish driver, admitted talks have been held on the matter.

On Friday last week, Williams shareholder Toto Wolff told German website Motorsport-Total.com that the decision on drivers will be made this week. Since then, several rumours have arisen suggesting that the negotiations between Williams and Raikkonen have become very complicated. German magazine Auto, Motor und Sport affirms that Raikkonen’s demand of equity as part of the deal was not accepted by the team and Adrian Sutil's chances for the seat have improved. Furthermore, Italian magazine Autosprint has even hinted that the negotiations between Raikkonen and Williams might have already failed and that young GP3 champion Valtteri Bottas is Williams' preferred choice at the moment.

And what does the team say about it? Motorsport-Total.com has once again contacted Toto Wolff while he is enjoying his honeymoon - he recently married DTM driver Susie Stoddart - and inquired about this issue.

“Nothing has happened yet,” Wolff answered.

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