Piquet joins Bourdais in facing F1 exit
10 July, 2009
Hot on the heels of similar rumours about Sebastien Bourdais, it is now rumoured in the Nurburgring paddock that Nelson Piquet’s seat at Renault is in imminent danger. As with the Bourdais rumour – dismissed with a terse “no comment” by Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost on Friday – it is suggested that the German grand prix at the Nurburgring this weekend could be Brazilian Piquet’s last.
His replacement would most likely be Renault reserve Romain Grosjean, the French-Swiss GP2 driver, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said. The report said the 23-year-old’s contract allows the Enstone based team to make a driver change based on his performance in the first half of the season compared with teammate Fernando Alonso.
Flavio Briatore said “we don’t know yet” when confronted with the rumours, while Piquet’s famous eponymous father said he planned to speak with the team boss about the speculation.