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Piquet looking forward to Hungary.

Nelson Piquet Jr has admitted that he will be putting memories of his maiden F1 podium, which he secured in the German Grand Prix, out of his head as he prepares for this weekend's Hungarian race.

The Brazilian is the first to admit that he was somewhat fortunate to be in a position to both lead the Hockenheim round and then finish second to Lewis Hamilton, and acknowledges that it will be back to the business of trying to keep Renault at the front of the tight midfield battle when the F1 circus ships up in Budapest.

"Standing on the podium and seeing all the team so happy felt great and it's a big boost for all of us," he recalled, having had his one and only pit-stop coincide nicely with the safety car period called for Timo Glock's accident, "I know that I was a bit lucky, but you have to take the luck when it comes your way and, towards the end of the race, we were strong enough to hold on for second place.

"Finishing on the podium was obviously an amazing result for the team. After a disappointing position in qualifying, I thought that was the end of my weekend as I knew it would be difficult to score points, but we didn't give up and the team chose to do something different with the strategy by only stopping once to see if we could take
advantage of anything. That proved to be a great decision as I made my only pit-stop just as the safety car came out. That meant that we were on the ideal strategy and able to finish on the podium.

"The car was handling really well, even though we were on the soft tyres, and I was able to push hard and stay consistent. To get a podium is a great reward for the whole team, especially after some of the problems we have had this year, and I'm delighted to get this result in my rookie season.

"Obviously, I hope this is just the beginning, but I think it will be difficult to fight for another podium under usual circumstances because the gap to the leading cars is still too big."

Unless Lady Luck shines its way again this weekend, Renault fully expects to be battling for the small points with the likes of Williams, Toyota, Red Bull and the improving Toro Rosso.

"I think that the battle in the midfield will be very competitive, just as it was in Germany, and I will need to concentrate on getting a good grid position because it is so difficult to overtake in Hungary," the Brazilian reasoned, "If we can reach Q3, then I think it is a realistic goal to fight for some points on Sunday - and, if we can do that, I will be very happy."



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