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Sabtu, 26 September 2009

Manor interested in 'smashing' Piquet Jr

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New Formula One outfit Manor GP have hinted that they may be prepared hand Nelson Piquet Jr a drive for the 2010 season.

It had been suggested that the former Renault driver may never compete in another grand prix after deliberately crashing his car to help then team-mate Fernando Alonso at Singapore last year.

Although Piquet Jr was granted immunity in return for his full confession, some observers feel his reputation has been tarnished by the 'Crashgate' scandal.

But John Booth, boss of the Yorkshire-based team, sees no moral dilemma in negotiating with the Brazilian.

"I've not spoken to him at the moment, but he's a smashing little driver," Booth told the Yorkshire Post, somewhat ironically.

"I've no personal problems with him, but it is unclear what his current position is with regards sponsorship."

The sport's commercial rights owner, Bernie Ecclestone, also thinks that Piquet's attitude means he will find a way back into Formula One.

"Piquet will get another drive. He's a driver who does as he's told. That's what any team boss would want. And they don't all do that," he told the Daily Express.

Manor have traditionally competed in junior formulae, with Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton both driving for the team as they progressed through the motorsport ranks.

Now Booth has revealed that former grand prix drivers Christian Klien and Anthony Davidson, as well former GP2 prospect and last year's A1GP Champion Adam Carroll are all in contention to represent the team in its maiden in the premier class.

He added: "Adam is a driver we rate very highly and we have held talks with him. We have spoken to Christian but nothing more.

"I've had a chat with Anthony Davidson and he's a very quick driver. It's amazing the amount of quality drivers that are out there."

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