Having been described by BBC commentator Martin Brundle as "unemployable", Nelson Piquet Jr is rumoured to be linked to new F1 team Manor Motorsport for 2010, with its boss John Booth refusing to rule out signing the sacked Renault driver for next season.
Booth is taking his Manor team to Formula One next year, and the Yorkshire Post reports that his high profile deal with Sir Richard Branson – where it is alleged that the team will be renamed Virgin F1 – will be announced a few days after November’s Abu Dhabi finale.
Piquet was sacked by Renault for poor performance mid-season, and he then triggered the crash-gate scandal by admitting to crashing deliberately in Singapore last September. The scandal has resulted in Renault losing its chiefs Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds, and top sponsors ING and Mutua Madrilena.
But despite Piquet admitting this week that he might need to revive his career in America, Booth said: "I’ve not spoken to him at the moment, but he’s a smashing little driver. I’ve no personal problems with him, but it is unclear what his current position is with regards sponsorship."
Booth said talks have already taken place with the reigning A1GP champion Adam Carroll, as well as former F1 racers Christian Klien and Anthony Davidson.
"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.”