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Nelson Piquet Junior

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Daniel Plaikner, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Yes

    10 vote(s)
  2. No

    29 vote(s)


    I have received notice from the Renault F1 team of its intention to stop me from driving for them in the current F1 season. I want to say thanks to the small group who supported me and that I worked together at Renault F1, although it is obviously with great disappointment that I receive such news. But, at the same time, I feel a sense of relief for the end of the worst period of my career, and the possibility that I can now move on and put my career back on the right track and try to recover my reputation of a fast, winning driver. I am a team player and there are dozens of people I have worked with in my career who would vouch for my character and talent, except unfortunately the person that has had the most influence on my career in Formula 1.

    I started racing at the age of eight and have broken record after record. I won every championship I raced in go-karts. I was South American F3 champion, winning 14 races and getting 17 pole positions. In 2003 I went to England, with my own team, to compete in the British F3 championship. I was champion there as well, winning 12 races and getting 13 pole positions. In fact I was the youngest ever champion. I raced GP2 in 2005 and 2006, winning five races and scoring six pole positions. I had a great season in my second year, only missing out on the championship to Lewis Hamilton due to technical mistakes of our team, which I take as my own as well, including running out of fuel during a race. I set the record in GP2 for the first driver to have a perfect weekend, scoring the maximum points available, in Hungary 2006. No-one matched that until July 2009 when Nico Hulkenberg did in at Nurburgring.

    The path to F1 was always going to be tricky, and my father and I therefore signed a management contract with Flavio Briatore, who we believed was an excellent option with all the necessary contacts and management skills. Unfortunately, that was when the black period of my career started. I spent one year as a test driver, where I only did a handful of tests, and the next year started as a race driver with Renault. After the opening part of the season, some strange situations began to happen. As a beginner in F1, I could only expect from my team a lot of support and preparation to help me in getting up to the task. Instead, I was relegated as “someone who drives the other car” with no attention at all. In addition, on numerous occasions, fifteen minutes before qualifying and races, my manager and team boss (Briatore) would threaten me, telling me if I didn’t get a good result, he had another driver ready to put in my place. I have never needed threats before to get results. In 2008 I scored 19 points, finished once on the podium in second place, having the best debut year of a Brazilian driver in F1.

    For the 2009 season Briatore, again acting both as my manager and team boss of Renault F1, promised me everything would be different, that I would get the attention I deserved but had never received, and that I would get “at least equal treatment” inside the team. He made me sign a performance-based contract, requiring me to score 40% of Fernando Alonso’s points by mid-way through the season. Despite driving with Fernando, two-time world champion and a really excellent driver, I was confident that, if I had the same conditions, I would easily attain the 40% of points required by the contract.

    Unfortunately, the promises didn’t turn into reality again. With the new car I completed 2002km of testing compared to Fernando’s 3839km. Only three days of my testing was in dry weather – only one of Fernando’s was wet. I was only testing with a heavy car, hard tyres, mostly on the first day (when the track is slow and reliability is poor), or when the weather was bad. Fernando was driving a light car with soft tyres in the dry, fine conditions. I never had a chance to be prepared for the qualifying system we use. In Formula 1 today, the difference between 1st and 15th position is sometimes less than a second. It means that 0.2 or 0.3s can make you gain eight positions.

    In addition to that, car development is now happening on a race-to-race basis due to the in season testing ban. Of the first nine races that I ran this year, in four of them Fernando had a significant car upgrade that I did not have. I was informed by the engineers at Renault that in those races I had a car that was between 0.5 and 0.8s a lap slower than my teammate. If I look at Germany (where I out-qualified my teammate despite that), if I had that advantage in qualifying I would be fifth and not tenth. If we had that difference in the race, I would have finished ahead of my teammate, which I did in Silverstone, despite him having upgrades that I did not have.

    I believe without doubt in my talent and my performance. I didn’t get this far by getting bad results. Anyone who knows my history knows that the results I am having in F1 do not match my CV and my ability. The conditions I have had to deal with during the last two years have been very strange to say the least – there are incidents that I can hardly believe occurred myself. If I now need to give explanations, I am certain it is because of the unfair situation I have been in the past two years. I always believed that having a manager was being a part of a team and having a partner. A manager is supposed to encourage you, support you, and provide you with opportunities. In my case it was the opposite. Flavio Briatore was my executioner.

    Being under pressure is not new to me. I have had criticism throughout my career, and have also had a lot of expectations put on me due to my name. Up until now I always met those expectations – surpassed them even. I have never before felt the need to defend myself or fight back from rumours and criticism because I knew the truth and I just wanted to concentrate on racing – I didn’t ever let it affect me. Fortunately, I can now say to those people who supported me through my career that I’m back on the good tracks and considering the options for a new start in my F1 career in a fair and positive way.

    Source: Nelson Piquet
  2. Thats heavy :freaked-out:

    Clear that you drive crap if that says your Manager+Team Boss just before the race. :bulgy-eyes: :talktohand:

    Hope he finds another Team where he is welcome :fingers-crossed:

    and if thats right, i hope Flavio :pig: burns in hell :devil: :at-wits-end: for destroying that young driver talent :thunder:
  3. I hope Piquet gets back in raceland where he belongs, Never liked that full eaten Briatore anyway. Always seems he has 1 baby and thats Alonso for a while now.
  4. Bram

    Ezekiel 25:17 Staff Premium

    Lol Nelsinho knows exactly how to ruin his carreer! Now teambosses will think twice before they hire mr Rant-inho
  5. Briatore looks like a pumpkin his head is so orange
  6. Half of it is excuses, the other half is genuine grievance. Maybe if he kept the thing on the road it would have helped.

    By going public with all this, like Bram said, he has harmed his career opportunities. He should have kept it to himself and told prospective employers in private when/if asked for an explanation for his poor showing at Renault.
  7. Omer Said

    Omer Said
    Weresloth Staff

    He talked as if he has no mistake. He should look to himself a little. He made many mistakes in races. Spinning and crashing.
  8. piquet only got in, in the first place because of his name.... bye now :wave:
  9. Another one bites the dust, another one bites the dust....yeah yeah....:island:
  10. Woah woah WOAH, dude, chill...

    It's a bit rotten, but he wasn't getting the results, and F1 is a business. You don't do the job, you get the sack. Shame, he's a cool guy I'm sure. Hopefully he gets another shot in future and more experience.
  11. Thank you for your insightful post.

    Piquet can't blame his lack of skills on Flav but it does seem he got a bit of a rough deal.

  12. ok was a bit harsh :giggle: but I can't believe that a driver is very good in all racing series, than he comes in F1 and sucks completly ? :talktohand:
  13. Robert Wiesenmüller

    Robert Wiesenmüller
    The one and only Premium

    Maybe Briatore favours Alonso... but Trulli and Fisichella were much closer than Piquet was.
    He seems to have enough money though, so he might get a second chance somewhere else.
  14. True David. But same thing with Bourdais, he dominated Champ Car, but sucked at F1. Just happens...
  15. Actually Trulli was even faster than Alonso in 2004 until his relationship with Briatore worsened.
  16. Nelson Piquet: Lost in Translation- If I cover up my blatent lack of F1-class Talent by blaming Briatorie, the team, Alonso and bad luck and big up my smaller class acheivements, maybe I can at least go out respectably, maybe get a driver... With team USF1... In the future...
  17. Yeah look at Montoya. They aren't all up for the heavy F1 task... And if the budget is not that big, one driver will have more testing days then the other, Alonso has been world champion for god sake, he needs those days more then Nelson. Nelson should've realised that. Look at Rubens fe, he drove for Schumacher for how long?

    You can't get the sack and then start pointing the finger... Not in F1... I think his days in F1 are over. I can truly understand the bad performance with a teamboss like that, but don't come whining like a little child if you got kicked out of a team in the hardest racing business of the world... You just don't do that. Fo me that shows a lack of numerous skills...
  18. I didn't even read the full article... Life's too short for that kind of gibberish essay.
  19. The morale of this story is to never sign a contract with a guy who wears a thong.
  20. True dat...