'Singapore-gate' race-fixing protagonist Nelsinho Piquet has admitted that he would be 'delighted' to return to F1 competition in 2010 with Campos Meta 1 and argues it would be 'marvellous' for his country were he to do so – but he fears the new Spanish outfit is seeking a homegrown star.
One of four – possibly yet five – newcomers in next season's field, Campos already has one driver signed up for the campaign in the shape of former GP2 Series runner-up Bruno Senna, nephew of legendary three-time F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna.
The sport's highly influential commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone has made little secret of his desire to see the names Senna and Piquet competing against each other once again – as was the case 20 years ago, during Brazil's heyday in the top flight. Piquet's name has been mentioned in connection with the second Campos berth, but the 24-year-old fears the odds are stacked against him.
“I would be absolutely delighted,” he told French magazine Auto Hebdo
of the possibility of teaming up with his countryman in 2010. “It would be marvellous for the Brazilian public. Everything now depends upon the team, but they seem to be looking for a Spanish driver.”
Piquet left the grand prix paddock with his tail between his legs after blowing the whistle on the biggest scandal to shake F1 in recent memory, in the wake of his brusque dismissal by Renault back in the summer. Respected BBC F1
commentator Martin Brundle subsequently opined that he had made himself 'unemployable' through his actions.