He may have a longer contract, but Williams’ Pastor Maldonado is on the move.

2013 Korean Grand Prix - SundayThat is the claim on Wednesday of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, reporting that the Venezuelan has made an approach to Lotus about replacing the Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen. The patience of the 28-year-old, who brings millions to Williams in the form of his state-connected PDVSA sponsorship, has reportedly run out.

Maldonado is apparently desperate for a better car, but German correspondent Michael Schmidt said Williams can actually “rest easy”. “The contract with Maldonado’s South American sponsors is watertight,” he revealed, claiming Williams got the deal re-checked recently by a top lawyer in London. Schmidt added that the PDVSA contract, worth about EUR 35 million to Williams every year, runs until 2015. Nonetheless, Maldonado is quoted as saying: “This year I’m here. Next year I don’t know where I’ll be.”

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