Piquet says `close` to Force India deal

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2009, 18:51 PM IST

New Delhi: A key character of the `crashgate` scandal, Renault discard Nelson Piquet Jr could be seen behind the wheels of the Force India car next season, according to media reports.

According to paddock speculations, Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi cannot take their Force India seats for granted because the Mercedes-backed duo of Pedro de la Rosa and Paul di Resta are also apparently on the radar of the Vijay Mallya-owned side.

Piquet`s future looked bleak after he admitted deliberately crashing in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix so that teammate Fernando Alonso could win the race.

Renault team principle Flavio Briatore summarily dismissed Piquet even though neither Briatore nor engineer Pat Symonds could avoid a ban from the FIA.

Talking to a Brazilian website, Piquet Jr said he was weighing in his Force India and NASCAR options.

Bureau Report