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Rosberg: Piquet is `achieving nothing at all`.

Keke Rosberg – father of current Williams ace Nico – has admitted that he is baffled by Nelsinho Piquet's poor form during his rookie season in Formula 1 this year, after witnessing the Brazilian's strong performance to seal the runner-up spoils in the GP2 Series in 2006.

Piquet has been under pressure for much of the 2008 campaign, rarely even getting close to threatening the pace of double F1 World Champion team-mate Fernando Alonso and falling at the initial Q1 hurdle in qualifying on six occasions in 15 races.

That has prompted much speculation that the 23-year-old's days at the Enstone-based outfit are increasingly numbered, with the Régie's managing director Flavio Briatore doing little to quell such talk [see separate story – click here] and both Lucas di Grassi and Romain Grosjean linked with taking his seat.

“Something is wrong there,” Rosberg is quoted by F1SA as having told German newspaper Express. “Piquet seems to be achieving nothing at all.

“A guy who was pretty strong in GP2 must be doing more. I don't understand it.”

The 59-year-old – who claimed the drivers' laurels with Williams back in 1982 – also sought to rubbish wild suggestions Piquet had been ordered to crash in Singapore last weekend, in order to orchestrate Alonso's victory.

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Munro Gow

October 03, 2008 2:01 PM

To be honest I think Piquet in his hurry to get into F1 went for the wrong team...Renault invest almost everything into Alonso and Piquet is left with the scraps - well from where I sit anyways...also dont think Alonso's experience at Mclaren have helped either, dont think he would have bent over backwards to be a great help to Piquet - obviously thats me just speculating

Andrew Long

October 03, 2008 3:40 PM

You can only throw so much money at developing your son as a racing driver - much of the rest is down to being in the right team, having a good car, a good manager and mentor. There is a long queue of drivers waiting in the queue for seats and yet again if you dont perform there is always some young hot shot who will take your ride next year. Perhaps he should try the IRL - lots of Brazilians make a living there ! :)

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