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For Nelson Piquet Jr., It's Monaco or Bust

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 21:  Nelson Piquet of Brazil and Renault drives during practice for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 21, 2008 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Scott PryceContributor IMay 22, 2009

The whole F1 world is expecting a decisive race this weekend, for more than one team or driver. McLaren, Ferrari, Renault, Toyota and the list goes on. Unfortunately we know that there is going to be losers.

But in F1 a win is inconceivable for most teams or drivers, therefore less than a win can also be a win. Yes they all start the weekend with a win in mind but realistically some know it won't happen.

One driver searching for a promising result must be Nelson Piquet Jr. It is almost imperative that the Renault driver has a happy weekend. It is no secret that his job is on the line. Fernando Alonso is holding the French team together at the present and it has been made clear to Piquet that he must succeed.

That success doesn't mean he has to win but he must come away from Monaco with everybody talking him up. The only way he can have that kind of response is to at least be on the podium.

Such a circuit as Monaco is not the ideal place for Piquetto please his employer. Add to the fact Flavio Briatore is looking for a scapegoat. Piquet will be up against it as his best result this year is a 10th place. His last substantial win was back in 2005 in the GP2 series, and that was one win from twenty-two races.

Not once but many times Monaco has been the home of an upset result and this is probably Piquet's best chance. You must be in a position though to capitalise on a high attrition rate and mistakes.

Piquet along with Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima are second generation drivers on the grid and for history's sake hopefully we can all watch Piquet shine at the famous street circuit. Piquet at the moment is flying under the radar, with all the issues surrounding F1 at the moment he escapes the issues surrounding himself.

This may be his blessing in disguise and now is the chance to pop up. It has happen before. In 1984 Niki Lauda was given three races by Ron Dennis to justify his comeback, Niki stood upon the top step on his third race back at longbeach.

Ironically, Monaco is the circuit that half points were awarded in 1984, the year Lauda won his third title by a half point from Alain Prost

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