Nelson Piquet's famous father believes the Renault driver performed strongly at the recent Spanish grand prix.

Nelson Piquet's famous father believes the Renault driver performed strongly at the recent Spanish grand prix.

Brazilian Piquet, 23, finished seven places behind Fernando Alonso in Barcelona, but he pointed out after the race that unlike his teammate he is not yet driving the "fully updated car".

Piquet was closer to the pace in practice and qualifying. "For the first time Nelsinho was better than Alonso," triple world champion Piquet Snr, who has attended every race so far in 2009, told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

"He was missing a tenth to Fernando, but he (Piquet) was also missing the modified double diffuser, which only Alonso had. That was worth two tenths," claimed 56-year-old Piquet Snr.

 

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