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Friday, August 15, 2008

Piquet on pins and needles

If Nelson Piquet was hopeful he had convinced his Renault bosses to keep him in the team, it looks like he’ll have to wait a little bit longer.

F1-Live.com reports that’s the claim of German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, which says the Brazilian will have to wait until September to hear the verdict.

According to the report, Piquet’s management team agreed to extend the deadline on his option for 2009.

Piquet’s ride depends on Fernando Alonso. Apparently, Renault are high enough on test driver Romain Grosjean they want to give him a race seat next year.

Should the double world champion jump ship, Grosjean would replace him. If he stays, it is believed Grosjean would replace Piquet in the second car.

Raikkonen: “I am still the same guy”

It seems like everyone assumes Kimi Raikkonen’s focus is on his retirement, but the reigning world champion begs to differ.

“I am still the same guy,” SpeedTV.com reports he told Germany's Bild newspaper. “If I am in a race, then I want to win it. It is never great fun to be fifth or sixth -- even third place doesn't feel so great to me any more. I only want to win."

The Finn let it be known those who think he has lost his motivation have miscalculated.

“Of course I want more. Whoever thinks I am content or tired are completely wrong,” he said. “If we do not get both championship titles at the end of the season, then we will be disappointed.”

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