Nelson Piquet has told a Dutch magazine that he is now accustomed to Renault boss Flavio Briatore's unique style of driver management.

Nelson Piquet has told a Dutch magazine that he is now accustomed to Renault boss Flavio Briatore's unique style of driver management.

The Brazilian, whose future has regularly been the subject of intense speculation this season, explained that in his nearly 18 months with the French squad, he has learned how to "deal with" Briatore's famous public critiques.

"He thinks openly criticising drivers puts pressure on them in a positive manner," 23-year-old Piquet is quoted as saying by Formule 1 Race Report.

Earlier this year, Briatore said Piquet would currently not win a world championship in "any car", while after China, the Italian remarked that he wondered if his driver thought "the more you spin, the more points you have".

Piquet commented: "That sort of thing I simply have to ignore. I can't let it worry me."

 

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