The ING Renault F1 Team would like to deny the negative comments attributed to Nelson Piquet by the Italian and Spanish press, who were referring to an article published in the UK edition of F1 Racing magazine.
The comments are completely distorted as a result of an extremely poor translation from English and were reported out of context as Nelson responded in a light-hearted manner to irreverent questions submitted by the magazine's fans.
Nelson Piquet said: "I'm amazed how my words have been completely misrepresented by the press. I was trying to be funny and amusing to stay in tune with the cheeky questions I was asked. It's a pity that I have to find myself clarifying what I said. I'm a very happy member of the ING Renault F1 Team and I have an excellent relationship with everybody, including Fernando and Flavio. I've never had any reason to believe that I was treated in an unfair way and I have no doubt about the team's support. I'm confident that we will have a good year together and I'm looking forward to the upcoming races with the sole focus of doing the best job I can for the team."