Senna wouldn't be 'good enough'

2012-08-22 10:55

Nelson Piquet Jr, who is said to have recently derided the talents of Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen, turned his attention to perhaps the most revered F1 driver of all time.

Referring to the current drivers at his former employer, the ex-works Renault team that is now called Lotus, Brazilian Piquet said Grosjean "has been lucky because he came (back) at a time when he had a slightly weaker teammate (Kimi Raikkonen) and a very good car".


Now in the second-tier Nascar categories, Piquet - who left F1 amid the 2008/9 "crashgate" scandal - has now aimed fire at his late and great countryman Ayrton Senna.

He mentioned Senna as an example of a talented driver who might struggle in modern F1, due to the change of emphasis since the 80s and early 90s.

"Someone like Senna would not have won anything in F1 today," he said.

"He was very fast but he had no talent in terms of the technical and mechanical."

Senna won three titles, 41 races and 65 pole positions until his death in the 1994 San Marino grand prix.


  • peter.gugelmin - 2012-08-22 12:22

    Piquet jr. forgets to mention that his dad had made some unpleasant comments about Ayrton Senna and still was beaten left right and centre by the man. He himself left F1 under a dark cloud and is racing in the second tier at Nascar, so I don't think any of his comments on Ayrton or the current F1 drivers are of any particular relevance

      adam.wood.146 - 2012-08-24 12:23

      Well said. "No talent in terms of the technical and mechanical", haha WTF

  • leon.leroux - 2012-08-22 12:34

    Who cares about the opinion of a mediocre racing driver.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-08-22 13:36

      Mediocre?? I think you give him too much credit. He is a complete waste of time.

  • james.rossouw - 2012-08-22 13:39

    He is right about Senna.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-08-22 15:13

      He is talking about Ayrton, not Bruno you twit! lol

      nicholas.graan - 2012-08-22 17:04

      Well said Patrick!

  • yaschoeman - 2012-08-22 13:41

    I hate those compare cent when the man is not even here (A life). those day were those days now is now, but some people feel the need to compare for what I don’t know. Senna is and will always be a great champion finish and kla.

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-08-22 13:41

    Screw you chap, Senna was the best by far, maybe you are just jealous because you cant appreciate brilliance and never succeeded where he did. A driver & man like Senna comes around once in 10 life times! Even when Senna was world champion he would sit and watch Prost over and over again in a hope of learning something, he watched the greats so he could be better, he always learned, had such a technical brain, ask his engineers (apart from what you said, who do you think Michael Schumacher learnt from!) and he had an even bigger heart. The entire world mourned Senna when he died, no one will give two sh%ts when you die. Why dont you try and say what you just said about Senna in Brazil, see how far down the road you can walk. Dont ever insult Senna, we still miss your racing and will always love you Ayrton Senna Da Silva. 21-3-1960 to 1-5-1994

      LanfearM - 2012-08-22 16:55

      Well said and fully agreed! As to not being technical, Senna could spot a fault in the engine while driving that even the computers didn't pick up! You are right, we will always miss Senna and mourn for the all the great fights with Schumacher, and more great wins, that he would have had.

      Felicity Barnabas - 2014-04-25 06:03

      Agree 1000%...who s his Piquet prick anyway?

  • TheRealWitblitz - 2012-08-22 15:04

    How many races did Nelson Crashgate Jr. won in the modern era?

  • LanfearM - 2012-08-22 16:55

    Yah right Piquet! Piqued that you are barely mediocre more like!

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-22 17:06

    Brave comments aimed at a legend. When I hear "Piquet" I think of Nelson senior, not junior. So far he has made no impact on the sport and can thank his father that he has "made it" to F1.

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-08-22 17:28

    LMAO...in fact I'd say, they were BETTER drivers back then, having to CHANGE gears manually, no electronic aids to talk of..no sorry NP,you nothing but a Tosser who's only claim to fame is being a failure..LOL...

  • leon.scheepers.58 - 2012-08-22 19:05

    I'm afraid Nelson does not know his history....Senna was the FIRST driver to indulge in the technical aspects, discussing his drive with engineers, technicians, mechanics....going over track data (no telemetry in those days) looking at videos, analyzing the drive whilst the other drivers partied up a storm - he also kept himself super fit - he was the FIRST tactical, technically minded driver, and the best.

  • leon.scheepers.58 - 2012-08-22 19:07

    ...as an aside...I always felt his will to win was extreme - he either blew up his car, crashed or won!

  • jannie.kroese - 2012-08-22 20:27

    Piquet? Can't remeber him...aaahhh..yes, die skelm! What a arshole.

  • donovan.hoffman.18 - 2012-08-23 14:58

    Piquet Jnr needs a PK!!! Senna is a Legend! Best F1 driver ever...

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