Piquet eyes F1 'within two years'

Nelsinho Piquet, the teenage son of three times World Champion Nelson Piquet, has said that he plans to be in Formula 1 by the start of the 2007 season - and has not ruled out making the jump as early as next year

Piquet eyes F1 'within two years'

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Sao Paolo, Piquet made it clear that he intends to make the jump from GP2 as soon as possible, although he admits he may have to spend two years in the new category.

"Only if things go really wrong will I do something else," he was quoted as saying by Reuters. "But I don't think about it, never thought about another category. These are going to be my last two years out of Formula 1

"My idea is try and win and then go right to F1. If I win the GP2 championship in the first or second year, the plan is to be in F1 the following season."

Piquet's father, who has overlooked his son's career, claimed that now was the perfect time to make the jump to F1 - and indicated that he himself may start taking more of a backseat role.

"He is going to get to F1 if he's the right guy at the right time," said Piquet. "It's possible that he wins the championship this year and there's no place available in F1. He's gaining experience."

Speaking about his future plans if Piquet Jr. made it to F1, Piquet Sr. said that he would likely return to Brazil.

"I've spent 12 years out of Brazil, and now I want to live here," he said. "We have been helping Nelsinho, but when he gets to F1, it's over. He'll be by himself."

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