Williams hopes to keep Hulkenberg

Stephan Heublein

Sir Frank Williams sounds unlikely to oust German rookie Nico Hulkenberg for the 2011 season.

It has been suggested the 23-year-old could make way for Venezuelan pay-driver Pastor Maldonado.

But in an interview with the BBC, the Oxfordshire based team's founder, boss and biggest shareholder Williams heaped praise on Hulkenberg.