Confusion surrounds the apparent retirement from formula one motor racing of the Brazilian, Nelson Piquet.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS (1981-1991)
1. NELSON PIQUET AT NEWS CONFERENCE IN KYALAMI, SOUTH AFRICA 19/1/91
2. PIQUET FINISHING FIFTH IN UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX IN LAS VEGAS 1981 TO CLINCH WORLD TITLE.
3. PIQUET TALKING TO AUSTRIA'S FORMER WORLD CHAMPION, NIKI LAUDA, IN DETROIT 1983
4. PIQUET WINNING EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX AT BRANDS HATCH, UK 25/9/83
5. PIQUET CRASHING DURING PRACTICE FOR SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX AT IMOLA 1/5/87
6. SLOW MOTION REPLAY OF CRASH.
7. PIQUET BEING STRETCHERED AWAY.
8. PIQUET WINNING HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX 9/8/87
9. PIQUET TESTING BENETTON IN KYALAMI 19/1/91
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Background: Confusion surrounds the apparent retirement from formula one motor racing of the Brazilian, Nelson Piquet.
The three-times world champion, seemed to announce his retirement in a televised interview on Monday (January 13).
"The race driver has retired," Piquet said. "I always said that if I didn't have a team that could win the championship or be competitive I wouldn't race," he explained. "That didn't happen by November, so I decided to dedicate myself to business and quit Formula One." Later, however, Piquet denied plans to quit in an interview published on Tuesday (January 14) with Folha de Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest circulation daily newspaper.
"Write it down: I will race in the '92 season," Piquet was quoted as saying. He said his interview about retiring had been "badly interpreted." Piquet, 39, has won 23 races and 24 pole positions during his 13-year career which he began with Ensign at the German grand prix in 1978. Later that year he drove for Brabham in the Canadian grand prix to start a fruitful association, including the world championship in 1981 and 1983, which lasted until the end of the 1985 season.
Moving to Williams in 1986 he took the world championship for a third time in 1987, but then moved again for two unsuccessful years with Lotus.
Piquet's next drive was for the Benetton team. Although he won two races at the end of the 1990 season, he was successful in just one race, the Canadian grand prix, last year and never challenged the top drivers for the 1991 title.