Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez congratulated via twitter the Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado, whose victory at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday made him the first Venezuelan ever to win a Formula One race.
“I told you so! Our Pastor Maldonado won, making history! Bravo, Pastor! Congratulations to you and all your combative team! We shall overcome!,” the Venezuelan president wrote through his account, @chavezcandanga.
Pastor Maldonado, who belongs to team Williams and is sponsored by the state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), said that the victory was special for his team and for Latin America and Venezuela.
“I hope they can enjoy and celebrate this great victory in Venezuela, which is for all Venezuela,” he said.
Maldonado beat out the Spanish favorite, Fernando Alonso of team Ferrari, as well as Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen.
“Today, Venezuela shined in the whole world, I’m proud to be VENEZUELAN and being part of our golden generation, LONG LIVE VENEZUELA,” he wrote on his twitter account, @PastorMaldo.
Maldonado, who is originally from the city of Maracay, also thanked PDVSA via twitter: “Thanks to our PDVSA, which is the fuel of Williams and most Venezuelan pilots, for all its support.”
The Venezuelan driver also thanked President Chávez: “I especially thank President Chávez and his great team for making this historical achievement come true.”
Maldonado promised to focus on continuing to achieve victories for his country.
“Now we must continue working hard every day to improve and to continue bringing happiness to our homeland,” he said.
AVN / Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / May 14, 2012