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Piquet buys into Campos, gives Jr 2010 return.

Piquet buys into Campos, gives Jr 2010 return.

Tue, 29 Dec 12:40:14 2009

Disgraced former Renault F1 pilot Nelson Piquet Jr appears to have earned a reprieve following claims that he will form half of an all-Brazilian line-up at Formula One newcomer Campos Meta.

According to Spanish website motor21.com, the 24-year old has inked a three-year deal with the former GP2 Series team that will see him partner former sparring partner Bruno Senna in the top flight - but only after his father, three-time F1 world champion Nelson Sr, took a 15 per cent stake in Adrian Campos nascent operation. That deal, plus the support of several Brazilian companies keen to capitalise on the team's line-up, proved to be the key in seeing off rival bids from former Campos GP2 regular Vitaly Petrov and erratic Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado.

Few expected Piquet Jr to return to F1 quite so soon after his role in the now infamous Singapore GP accident that not only afforded then Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso victory in the sport's first night race, but ultimately led to the exit of both Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds, who each received lengthy bans from F1. Piquet, meanwhile, provided the evidence that turned the case, earning himself a pardon from the FIA, but a question mark from any team previously willing to have considered employing him.

His-year-and-a-half at Enstone, however, is also understood to have given him a leg-up at Campos, allowing him to bring some F1 experience as well as family money, and putting him ahead of the likes of the vastly more seasoned Pedro de la Rosa, who had been seen as a shoo-in for the second seat based on his nationality. de la Rosa is not expected to settle for another year of reserve duties - having filled the role at McLaren since 2003 - but Campos is likely to find a Spanish talent to help assuage national support.
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Once again, money talks. Jr's return does seem a bit...premature. He will be cheered in Brazil, but elsewhere his reputation is tainted (to put it politely). Then again, Tiger Woods will be back on the links in no time - it just depends upon how much his sponsors throw at him.

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Tiger has talent, Piquet does not.
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No Campos seat for Piquet in 2010 - Audetto (GMM) Campos, F1's new Spanish team, will not be accommodating Nelson Piquet in 2010.

It has been revealed that reports claiming a three-year deal for the 24-year-old 'crashgate' conspirator, because the Brazilian's famous father bought into the team, were not true.

But the Italian newspaper La Stampa said it is true that Piquet and Campos have been in contact, aided by F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

Ecclestone and triple world champion Piquet Snr are well acquainted, dating back to their title efforts at the Brabham team more than 20 years ago.

"In fact," said Campos' Daniele Audetto, "we received an offer from Piquet.

"We have nothing again Nelsinho, even though he was involved in the accident scandal. He is a good driver, fast and experienced.

"But, having signed Bruno Senna, we cannot have two Brazilians. And the supposed 15 per cent investment would be less than what other drivers could bring; Italian, Russian, Chinese, German, to name a few nationalities.
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