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GP Week : Issue 25
Piquet only talking to Renault NELSON Piquet’s Formula 1 future rests solely in the hands of Renault, the Brazilian has revealed. Talking to journalists in Valencia, the Brazilian confirmed that, despite Renault refusing to confirm that he will be driving for them in 2009, Piquet has had no discussions with rival Formula 1 teams. “I’m confident, myself, that I’m going to stay at the team, so I’m not thinking about it. No, [I haven’t spoken to anyone else.]” Piquet has outscored his double-world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso by 13 points to nine since his first points haul of 2008 at Magny-Cours, but does not believe that, despite taking the team’s only podium so far this season, points alone will determine his future. “It’s still tough to be in Formula 1,”he confirmed. “It’s still a tough job. The only thing it changed was a few more points which I needed. “I think any good results will help me. I think not only that but working with the team, the team needs to be happy with me, the environment and everything. It’s not only about scoring points. I had a bit of bad luck and haven’t been at my best in a few races but I think it’s a bit of everything.” Piquet also confirmed that, despite paddock speculation often suggesting that Alonso gains from preferential treatment at Renault, he is happy with the way in which the team is being run. “They give the same chance to both cars. If Fernando is completely against something and I am positive they’ll go into it more because he’s been in Formula 1 for a few years and he knows where he’s starting from. It’s normal, like at any team. But if I like one set-up and he likes another, each one has his one.”