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Piquet: It would be wonderful for Brazil if I rejoined F1

As he endeavours to find his way back onto the grand prix grid in 2010, shamed 'Singapore-gate' protagonist Nelsinho Piquet sets his sights on the seat alongside compatriot Bruno Senna at Campos Meta 1...
'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.



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Alan D - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 1:41 PM

"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" Wrong. Piquet left because he was sacked because he was an over-rated under achiever. It was only after he was sacked that his moral conscience supposedly took over and he decided to blow the whistle. Making out that he left because he blew the whistle is just further distorting the facts in a case which already leaves a lot to be desired, truth wise.

ManWithNoFame

December 02, 2009 7:55 AM

Okay, what he and his team did was WRONG, but this is scapegoating of the highest degree (I feel I may be in a minority of one with this opinion!!) Schumacher endangered Hill's life when crashing into him at Adelaide 94 yet he was rewarded a with a WDC (and then tries it AGAIN in 97 against Villeneuve) Hamilton lies directly to the stewards and effectively gets a slap on the wrist... In principle I see very little difference. A young driver with a hell of a lot of pressure on his shoulders due to family name, a notoriously uncompromising team manager, a proven manipulator for a team mate and a lack of proper development time with the car should not be treated like the antichrist just...



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