Piquet: If Alonso was at Lotus he would win the championship
21 August, 2012
Aug.21 (GMM) Nelson Piquet Jr. has slammed the driver lineup of his last Formula One employers, and claimed that his former Renault teammate Fernando Alonso would win the world championship with the Lotus E20.
Enstone based Renault is now Genii-owned, and known as Lotus, and while Piquet says the black and gold E20 is a “very good car”, he evidently has no admiration for the men at the wheel.
His main target is Romain Grosjean, the Swiss-born Frenchman who in 2009 was drafted in by Renault to replace him.
“Romain has been lucky,” said Piquet Jnr, “because he came [back] at a time when he had a slightly weaker teammate [Kimi Raikkonen] and a very good car.
“It happened for him in the right team at the right time,” he told the Terra website. Piquet added: “If Fernando [Alonso] was at Lotus, he would win the championship.”
“Grosjean has improved, but he is no phenomenon and certainly not comparable to Alonso. He had the luck to return to F1 after a bad start and another season in GP2 – he had a sponsor to return to F1, right? The timing was just right for him,” added Piquet.
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