Home - The Official Formula 1 Website Skip to content

A race weekend with… Nelson Piquet 19 Mar 2008

Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 14 March 2008 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault signs autographs for the fans.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Race Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 16 March 2008 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault R28.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 15 March 2008 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault R28.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 15 March 2008 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 14 March 2008

As debuts go, Nelson Piquet’s was one to forget. Renault’s new recruit qualified a lowly 21st - nine places behind his team mate - and then retired barely halfway through the race with accident damage.

However, there is more to a Formula One weekend than bare statistics. We caught up with the young Brazilian to get some more background information on his time in Melbourne…

Q: When did you fly in?
Nelson Piquet:
On Tuesday, and as soon as I landed I came to the track.

Q: What’s your advice for dealing with jetlag?
NP:
It really depends on the different weekends - at this race it has been quite easy for some reason.

Q: Do you get to do any sightseeing whilst at races?
NP:
It really depends on when you arrive in a country. As we have arrived to Australia quite some time before, I checked out the town. But in Europe, where we arrive much closer to the race Sunday, it’s more the ‘airport-hotel-track-airport’ itinerary.

Q: Any special exercise regime for your first F1 race weekend?
NP:
Not really - I prepared myself as I did at all the other races at all the other classes I went through.

Q: Your preferred accommodation - city hotel, circuit hotel, or motor home?
NP:
I really prefer the motor home over any hotel.

Q: Any luxuries you always bring with you from home?
NP:
Actually not, oh, aside from my computer - so I can stay in contact with my friends.

Q: Any socializing on Friday and Saturday night?
NP:
No, I was just in the hotel and on the track.

Q: What do you have for breakfast on a race Sunday?
NP:
Whatever I like really - generally fruit and some cereal.

Q: How did you get to the circuit on this Sunday morning?
NP:
My physio drove.

Q: How did you spend the morning of race Sunday?
NP:
As calmly as possible - and I tried to avoid anybody bothering me. It is very important to start the race with a clear head.

Q: What do you drink over a race weekend? Especially in 35 degrees plus?
NP:
I don’t know the exact figure, but it is a lot of water. But it is not just the weekend, the preparations start weeks ahead.

Q: Do you have any superstitions or pre-race rituals?
NP:
No, not at all. I am not very superstitious.

Q: The most helpful advice you got before your first race?
NP:
It was from Flavio (Briatore). He told me that this is my weekend, and that I should take it easy and no pressure.

Q: How did you stay calm as you sat on the grid awaiting the formation lap?
NP:
I knew that it couldn’t get any worse, from where I was.

Q: How did you wind down after the race?
NP:
I tried to figure out what had happened - and learn from that!

Q: How will your first F1 race weekend stick in your memory?
NP:
If it had been a good race weekend it would have stayed for a long, long time. Now I’ll try to forget about it as soon as possible and think about the next one.