Nelson Piquet on Thursday acknowledged that his future in the Renault cockpit beyond the Hungarian grand prix remains in doubt.

Nelson Piquet on Thursday acknowledged that his future in the Renault cockpit beyond the Hungarian grand prix remains in doubt.

The struggling Brazilian fended off intense speculation to be confirmed for this weekend's Budapest event, but Renault figures remain coy about the subsequent seven races in 2009.

It is believed part of the reason the 23-year-old was given the nod for Hungary was because, after driving at the Nurburgring two weeks ago in a lesser specification, his R29 will feature the same updates as teammate Fernando Alonso at the Budapest venue.

He confirmed that in Germany a "conflict of egos" did occur, and is believed to be referring to rumours of a heated row between his eponymous father and team boss Flavio Briatore about the specification of the two Renault cars.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said on Monday that Piquet has been told that this race is his last chance, and Renault's official team preview quoted him as targeting a top-ten grid position and points in the race.

Asked by reporters if his seat is safe for the remainder of the season, he replied: "No, it is not 100 per cent settled."

Piquet said he is going to leave the worrying about the races beyond this weekend to his famous father, but acknowledged the risk that his contract will be broken.

"The problem is that these days a contract in F1 doesn't mean much, and we have seen several cases already of drivers and teams breaking contracts, and it just stays that way," Piquet, who will turn 24 on Saturday, added.

 

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