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Piquet buys into Campos, gives Jr 2010 return.

The Piquet family is understood to have taken a stake in Campos Meta, providing Nelson Jr with a seat for 2010.
Disgraced former Renault F1 pilot Nelson Piquet Jr appears to have earned a reprieve following claims that he will form half of an all-Brazilian line-up at Formula One newcomer Campos Meta.

According to Spanish website motor21.com, the 24-year old has inked a three-year deal with the former GP2 Series team that will see him partner former sparring partner Bruno Senna in the top flight - but only after his father, three-time F1 world champion Nelson Sr, took a 15 per cent stake in Adrian Campos nascent operation. That deal, plus the support of several Brazilian companies keen to capitalise on the team's line-up, proved to be the key in seeing off rival bids from former Campos GP2 regular Vitaly Petrov and erratic Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado.

Few expected Piquet Jr to return to F1 quite so soon after his role in the now infamous Singapore GP accident that not only afforded then Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso victory in the sport's first night race, but ultimately led to the exit of both Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds, who each received lengthy bans from F1. Piquet, meanwhile, provided the evidence that turned the case, earning himself a pardon from the FIA, but a question mark from any team previously willing to have considered employing him.

His-year-and-a-half at Enstone, however, is also understood to have given him a leg-up at Campos, allowing him to bring some F1 experience as well as family money, and putting him ahead of the likes of the vastly more seasoned Pedro de la Rosa, who had been seen as a shoo-in for the second seat based on his nationality. de la Rosa is not expected to settle for another year of reserve duties - having filled the role at McLaren since 2003 - but Campos is likely to find a Spanish talent to help assuage national support.

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Spex - Unregistered

December 29, 2009 6:13 PM

The article on Motor21 dot com was published on December 28th, which is el Dia de los Santos Inocentes, the Spanish equivalent of April Fools day. The article WAS a HOAX, they themselves admit it! Go to their website, click on the formula 1 link, then the link to the article titled Os lo tragasteis?, meaning - did you fall for it?

SteveDR - Unregistered

December 29, 2009 12:01 PM

Guys, I fell for this story too. motor21.com cooked up this story as part of the Spanish equivalent of 'April Fools day' which is December 28th. They've now updated their website to confirm the hoax.. It actually sounded like a true story, especially the part about Piquet Sr buying a stake in the Campos-Meta team. Oh well, looks like he's more likely to end up in Nascar.. :rolleyes:

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