Nelson Piquet Jr, the GP2-driving son of Brazil’s triple world champion, has moved into pole position to replace Heikki Kovalainen in the Renault test seat of 2007.
With his Finnish predecessor set to score the plum race seat, the 21-year-old is not only linked with the third driver role, but he has already signed a contract, according to the French portal ‘Le Blog Auto’.
The publication cited information from the journalist-commentator Jean-Louis Moncet, who works for French television broadcaster ‘TF1’.
It is additionally reported that Sir Frank Williams, who once tested the actually German-born Piquet Junior, was also interested in signing him, while recent rumours suggested that the rookie could be eying a race seat debut for a small team.
Piquet is presently 11 points behind title favourite Lewis Hamilton, who is tipped to graduate to formula one next year possibly with McLaren, for GP2 honours.