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Piquet: IndyCar hasn`t prepared Danica for F1.

Despite taking her maiden IndyCar Series success in Motegi last weekend, Danica Patrick does not possess the necessary talent to make the move across to Formula 1 – that is the view of former triple world champion Nelson Piquet.

The Brazilian told Spanish newspaper Diario AS he was unconvinced that Patrick – at just 26 widely considered to be the world's top female driver at present – had been sufficiently-well prepared for a career in grand prix racing by the IndyCar Series, in which she has competed for first Rahal Letterman Racing and latterly Andretti Green Racing since 2005.

“In the IRL I do not see anything,” Piquet said in response to suggestions that F1 should leap on the opportunity to secure its first female driver since Italian Giovanna Amati failed to qualify for Brabham back in 1992. “No brakes, no corners, no nothing.”

The Brazilian attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1992, but badly injured himself in a practice accident. Undeterred, he returned to the legendary Brickyard the following year, lining up 13th on the grid.

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Thomas from Sweden - Unregistered

April 27, 2008 4:52 PM

Yeah, HK was consistently slow... I think it's hard to judge her F1 potential when all we've seen her in is IRL which is worlds apart from F1. It's not a good sign that she seems to struggle on the road courses, but there's a huge difference between an IRL car on a road course and an F1 car on a road course. Would be cool to see her in something a bit more driveable than an IRL car. Might actually suit her better. Plus a racing seat in F1 will be very tough to get. There's already talk of Marco replacing RB @ Honda, but I really think she's shown more promise than him in spite of a couple of setbacks. I personally wouldn't hire her without doing lots and lots of testing and evaluation.

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