Bittersweet First Podium for Piquet

Nelson Piquet Jr. was pleased to take his first podium finish this year but was unhappy that it came as a result of a collision with close friend and competitor Adam Carroll

Bittersweet First Podium for Piquet

Piquet started fourth on the grid but followed Carroll for the entire race until a last lap incident between the pair saw Carroll spin and Piquet take second place in race two at Barcelona.

"I'm really happy with the result," Piquet noted afterwards, "but I didn't want the race to end that way. The car was competitive and I was close to Adam the whole way - in some places he was quicker, in some places I was.

"On the final straight I thought Adam would brake late but he did it early instead and, more of a reaction than anything, I went on the inside, he turned into me and we collided. I feel bad that it happened and I've already apologised. I respect Adam as a driver, we've never had a racing incident like this together and I hope it doesn't make any bad feeling."

Despite the accident, Piquet was generally satisfied with the car and his own performance, which was his most successful to date in the nascent series: "We have to be positive about how good the car was and how quick we are.

"At least we got our first podium, but I still just want to win. I think that in every race we need to be in the top three now, and there's no reason why we can't. But it's a shame today and I feel really sorry, because Adam is my friend."

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