No better start than to have Alonso as reference point - Nelsinho

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In 2008, Formula 1 will see the return of the name Piquet on the grid. Today, the ING Renault F1 Team didn't only confirm double World Champion Fernando Alonso for next season but also rookie Nelson Piquet Jr.

Nelsinho "First of all, I want to thank Flavio and Renault for putting their confidence in me for 2008. It is a fantastic opportunity to make my Formula 1 debut with one of the top teams on the grid, and alongside one of the very best drivers in the sport.

"This drive is something I have been working towards since the end of 2006, and I am proud that my performances as test driver have earned me this position. I am looking forward to teaming up with Fernando, and learning from him. As a rookie, there is no better way to start your career than to have a double world champion as your reference point."