Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 10/1/14

VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 24: Nelson Piquet Jnr of Brazil and Renault and David Coulthard of Great Britain and Red Bull Racing in action during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on August 24, 2008, in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Nelson Piquet Jr made some comments about the late Ayrton Senna which rubbed some people wrong. The comments suggested that Senna would not be as successful as he was had he driven in today’s cars. Piquet is saying that those comments were misconstrued. In fact Piquet wants everyone to know the following. “I said that if Ayrton had raced 10 years earlier, he would not have had the success that my father had. “They were different times and realities. At the turn of the ’70s to the ’80s, reliability was much lower and drivers had to have much more of a mechanical side. “It was no accident that my father developed the tire heaters, active suspension, improved the turbo engines and worked on several other solutions that everyone knows about. “Senna came a little later, when it was possible to drive almost all of the time at 100 percent performance without needing to be a development driver as before. “Like me, Ayrton arrived in Europe concerned only about driving. He was a super fast d...
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