Piquet fears Grosjean to take Renault seat

Thu, 30 October 2008, 09:50

Oct.30 (GMM) Nelson Piquet has admitted he might lose his Renault seat because the team is under pressure to sign a French driver in 2009

The Brazilian rookie has enjoyed better form lately at the wheel of the improved R28, but he said a mostly difficult 2008 season could mean he will drop out of the team

“I think Renault are in need. It’s been a few years since they had a French driver,” the 23-year-old is quoted as saying by Reuters

22-year-old Romain Grosjean, a Renault test driver and GP2 racer, was born in Switzerland but he competes with a French racing license

It is rumoured that, should Piquet Jr be replaced, he could head to Honda next year, where new backer Petrobras is pushing for a Brazilian driver for 2009

“There are always discussions,” Piquet admitted

“Paddocks are not very big: we talk. Everyone knows what everyone is doing. Everyone is waiting for the other’s decision.”nnFirst and foremost, he is waiting on Renault’s decision, as the Enstone based team pushes for Fernando Alonso to stay for next year

“I don’t know what is happening,” Piquet is quoted as saying by the Associated Press

“(Renault) will make a decision, maybe they have already done that. But I haven’t been told anything yet.”nnHe believes even a great performance and result at his home race this weekend, the last of the 2008 season, will not alter the outcome

“I don’t think it will make a difference, we’ve had 17 races already,” he said

“It wasn’t the year I expected, but I learned a lot.”n

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