Piquet camp clarifies Ayrton Senna comments
23 August, 2012
Aug.23 (GMM) Nelson Piquet Jnr. has denied reports that he doubts that the great Ayrton Senna would have succeeded in today’s Formula One environment, and has sought to clarify statements he made regarding Senna’s technical aptitude.
And 27-year-old Piquet Jr, who has raced in the world of NASCAR since leaving F1 in 2009, blamed the controversy on some “careless members of the Brazilian media”.
In his column for Brazil’s Yahoo Esportes, the son of triple world champion Nelson Piquet said journalists also took his comments about Brazilian legend Emerson Fittipaldi out of context.
“(I) explained that after the end of his racing career, he (Piquet’s father) chose the entrepreneurial path rather than others who continue to explore their public persona,” said Piquet Jnr.
“Along the same lines, they (journalists) made another attempt to create controversy where there is none with my statement about Ayrton Senna.
“I said that if Ayrton had raced ten years earlier he would not have had the success that my father had.
“They were different times and realities. At the turn of the 70s to the 80s, reliability was much lower and drivers had to have much more of a mechanical side.
“It was no accident that my father developed the tyre heaters, active suspension, improved the turbo engines and worked on several other solutions that everyone knows about.
“Like me, Ayrton arrived in Europe concerned only about driving. He was a super fast driver and the best one in terms of pure speed.
“But he didn’t have the same repertoire for the mechanical side as did the previous generation, and so didn’t have to worry so much about preserving the gearbox, the engine.
“It’s obvious: each had its own reflection as the product of his time. Each did what was needed to dominate his era, and each time required different things.
“It’s as simple as that. And not controversial,” Piquet concluded.
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