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GP Week : Issue 54
> F1NEWS> exit? Piquet set to lose drive NELSON Piquet’s life as a Renault F1 driver looks set to come to an end with immediate effect after a season and a half with the French team. Despite his out-qualifying team-mate Fernando Alonso for the first time in his Formula 1 career at the German Grand Prix, Renault is understood to be considering drafting in GP2 Series racer and Renault F1 third driver Romain Grosjean in his place. As the F1 press corps caught wind of Piquet’s rumoured departure from Renault, there were suggestions in the GP2 Series paddock at the Nürburgring that the Addax team, for whom Grosjean drives, was unsure as to whether or not their driver would be racing with them at the Hungarian Grand Prix. With Renault believed to be unwilling to give Piquet a third crack of the whip in 2010, the intention is believed to be to bring Grosjean into the team for the second half of 2009, to bring him up to speed for the start of 2010. Should these rumours prove correct, Piquet may yet find a seat at Toro Rosso in place of the underperforming Sebastien Bourdais. Piquet has long been linked with Toro Rosso, reportedly coming close to signing to race for them in 2007 before being picked up by Renault as their test driver. Rumours suggest he was also in contact with the team over the winter as his 2009 seat at Renault remained in doubt. This option is unlikely, however, as GPWeek understands that British F3 Champion Jaime Alguersuari already has that seat.