Nelson Piquet has denied that he feels pressure rather than support from his Renault team.

Nelson Piquet has denied that he feels pressure rather than support from his Renault team.

Speculation has surrounded the Brazilian's future in formula one, causing his famous father to remark that the French team needs to give him "cover" and not public criticism.

But Piquet Jr insists: "I don't think the team is putting too much pressure on me.

"If anything I am putting pressure on myself because I am so determined to do well and help the team," he told Eurosport. "I have no doubts about the support of the whole team and I get on well with everyone."

Father Nelson Piquet Snr, the winner of 23 grands prix and three drivers' world championships, has been at every race so far in 2009.

"We don't really talk about driving, but it's good to have his advice and support as he has a lot of experience in motorsport," Piquet Jr admits.

Having scored 19 points compared to teammate Fernando Alonso's 61 in 2008, Piquet admitted he is keen to open his 2009 tally soon.

"It's not really a psychological issue but it's important that I start scoring points to help the team in the constructors' championship," he said.

 

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