Brazil Wants Piquet for More Races

Team Brazil boss Emerson Fittipaldi is considering using Nelson Piquet Jr for the majority of A1 Grand Prix races after his superb start to the season at Brands Hatch

Brazil Wants Piquet for More Races

Piquet was only scheduled to compete in the first three meetings for the team, but after taking a perfect score from the inaugural event, Fittipaldi is pondering increasing the former British F3 champion's races in A1 GP's maiden season.

Piquet took pole position for the sprint race before taking two dominant victories and the fastest lap of the day.

IRL champion Tony Kanaan will still compete in some races for the team, after being granted permission by his current team boss Michael Andretti.

"I think he is going to do more. Probably most of the championship," Fittipaldi told Autosport-Atlas. "He was a big surprise to me and much better than I expected. We started talking to him a couple of months ago and he really has shown incredible talent. He did an incredible qualifying session and I am very pleased.

"He was very focused and professional and I'm really enjoying working with Piquet Jr and it's an honour to work with Nelson Sr.

"Tony Kanaan is going to do a few races. We haven't decided how many but we spoke to him and he wants to do a race. We have the clearance form [Kanaan's team boss] Michael Andretti."

Fittipaldi also hasn't ruled out approaching Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello for a guest drive in the winter series.

"I'd love to get Rubens, but so far we're focused on Nelson and Tony," he added. "I haven't spoke to Rubens but I would be open to it."

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