As had been speculated, F1 outcast Nelson Piquet Jr will attempt to rebuild his shattered F1 career in the NASCAR series.
The 24-year-old Brazilian has been on the sidelines since being booted by Renault mid-way through last season following am uncompetitive and accident-laden 18-month stint in Formula 1, and then triggering the FIA’s investigation into the ‘Crashgate’ race-fixing scandal.
Piquet was appallingly granted immunity in exchange for a full confession of the facts relating to the case that saw the FIA-imposed bans on Renault team boss Flavio Briatore and technical director Pat Symonds. His central role in the plot made an immediate F1 return highly unlikely and he confirmed on his personal website on Tuesday that he has now turned his attentions elsewhere for 2010.
“I have spent the last few months
watching my career prospects go to shit carefully evaluating my options for this year,” Piquet said.
“I had to choose a path and it was a difficult decision to make. Being successful in Formula 1 was always my goal but I have learnt that happiness is just as important as ambition and after my first 18 months in F1 did not go as planned I have decided to focus on something different and have chosen to take a route in America.
“I am sure this year is going to be fantastic and I am very excited at the prospect of my future.”
Several ex-F1 drivers have ventured to America’s most popular form of motorsport in recent years after their F1 careers went belly-up, with former Williams and McLaren man Juan Pablo Montoya widely regarded to have made a successful transition in the premier Sprint Cup category.
Don’t let the F1 door hit you on the back of the head as you leave, Nelsinho!