On a day when history was made in Brazil courtesy of Fernando Alonso clinching the Formula One world title to become the youngest ever champion, across the other side of the world, Nelson Piquet Jr was ensuring that his country would also be included in those books by clinching the first ever A1 Grand Prix victory at Brands Hatch.

It was an emphatic weekend for the youngster too, securing pole position and following it up with two wins, displaying Brazil's claim to be the top nation in motorsport.

Watching over Piquet all weekend was seat holder for A1 GP Team Brazil, and until this weekend the youngest ever Formula One world champion, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Fittipaldi's presence, spurred on by his success and ambition means that Nelson is setting his sights high.

The outgoing British Formula Three champion and current GP2 racer was largely imperious in completing his impressive double, despite some fraught moments in the second race. "I came to this weekend knowing that I had a chance to be competitive and be in the top three," Piquet told Crash.net Radio . "Everything worked very well and the team did a great job. The only problem we had was the pit stop in the second race."

Leading from lights to flag in the first ever A1 GP race, Piquet insists that his win was not as easy as it appeared. "It was not easy because the car was really oversteering it and it was difficult to hold the car. I set it up better for the second race and then it made my job much easier," Piquet added.

Complete with a standing start unlike the rolling start experienced in the first race, the second event for Piquet was initially a far tougher affair despite the better behaviour from his car. Having lost places in his compulsory pit stop, Piquet fought his way back ahead of Australia's Will Power with a demon move around the outside of Surtees corner to stream to a comfortable second victory.

"The second race was exciting because I did not lead the whole race so for me it was not easy. But in the end Team GB had very bad luck when they broke their battery and I managed to pass Australia because they made a little mistake. I continued pushing until he made an error - that was my plan."

With an outlook to competing the full season in A1GP, Piquet is using the championship to further enhance his experience in the intention of competing in Formula One in the coming years. His first goal is to become the first ever A1 GP champion driver for his nation, and from that he's eyeing Alonso's new youngest ever champion status, with a view to bringing it back to Brazil.

"I hope to be the youngest winner in the world," he grinned.

 

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