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Campos play down Piquet hopes

Nelson Piquet sees his chances of a return to F1 with the Campos Meta team dashed by general manager Daniele Audetto
Daniele Audetto, the general manager of the new Campos Meta F1 team has played down talk that Nelson Piquet Jr could partner Bruno Senna in an all-Brazilian line-up for the 2010 F1 season.

The Spanish outfit is yet to name its second driver for 2010 having already inked a deal to given Senna his chance in F1, with reports earlier this week suggesting that Piquet could be in the running for a drive.

Pedro de la Rosa, Vitaly Petrov and Pastor Maldonado have all been linked to the drive, but Piquet was believed to have moved into pole position through a proposed deal which would see his father – three-time F1 title winner Nelson Sr – take a 15 per cent stake in the team.

However, while he confirmed that discussions had taken place with Piquet, Audetto revealed that a deal was unlikely to occur with the proposed investment being lower than could be sourced from elsewhere.

The former Super Aguri boss also added that the team wasn't keen on fielding an all-Brazilian driver line-up for its debut season.

“We did receive an offer from Piquet,” Audetto told La Stampa, “and Adrian [Campos] analysed that offer. We have nothing against Nelsinho, even if he was involved in the race fixing scandal. He is an excellent driver who is quick and has experience. But having already signed Bruno Senna, we can not have two Brazilians.

“The proposed 15 per cent investment would have been inferior to what other drivers could bring, with Italian, Russian, Chinese and German drivers all interested to name a few nationalities.

“Of course there are negotiations ongoing which will continue until all of the details are confirmed.”




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Ashley

December 31, 2009 3:52 PM

I wonder what the other offers (money) that are getting put on their table are. Cannot understand the "we don't want an all Brazilian line-up" comment. I don't see why that would be a problem. I thought Brazil produced some pretty good drivers over the years.



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