F1: Nelsinho Piquet To Ferrari?
It is widely speculated that Nelsinho Piquet is not Formula 1 material. His ascension through the lower ranks of racing was facilitated by multiple teams set up by his three time Formula 1 champion father; although he did accumulate some good looking stats along the way.
He claims that he was not given enough testing at Renault this season, and that his team was heavily biased towards two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso throughout his two season career in the series. He believes that consistently starting with very heavy fuel loads and inferior strategy has cast a deceiving shadow over his true potential as a Formula 1 driver.
There have been suggestions recently that he may be given the chance to prove his critics wrong by driving for Ferrari until Felipe Massa is fit to return to the sport.
There has been no official word from Ferrari regarding the matter but his ex-publicist from GP2 and close friend Waltinho Ferrari Jr. has hinted towards this being a possibility. A few days later Nelsinho himself replied to a post on his Twitter page which asked the question "Nelsinho at Ferrari?" in his reply he stated "God willing, it will happen!"
Nelsinho is certainly better fit for the job than Luca Badoer who has shocked the world with his lack of speed and numerous mistakes last weekend. Ferrari have already stated that Schumacher will not race in 2009 and I doubt they will trust another test driver with the F60 after Badoer's lackluster comeback.
Should Nelsinho get the temporary drive with Ferrari he will be challenged to perform with a car that is not one of the best on the grid and a car that will no longer receive any updates, which means no excuses can be made regarding that factor. It will be a good test outside the environment which he claims does nothing to accurately represent his true skill level. If he does a good job, getting fired from Renault may well have benefitted his career rather than ended it.
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