LONDON – NEXTEV TCR driver Nelson Piquet Jr is refusing to let the pressure of this weekend’s FIA Formula E title decider get to him, and is instead treating it like any other race during the season.
Piquet enters the final double-header round of the inaugural Formula E season in London with a 17-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship ahead of compatriot Lucas di Grassi.
However, he is refusing to let the pressure of a championship decider get to him, believing that the team should simply continue its good form from the season so far.
“I just have to take this weekend as if it’s just one more weekend,” Piquet said. “We cannot let it get into our heads that it’s the last race and that’s going to decide everything.
“We’ve worked so hard to get where we are, and we’re not going to let one race ruin it. We just have to take it as a normal race. Anything can happen, but we have to put in our minds that it’s one more race.
“We’re all here trying to do the same job that we’ve been doing the last nine weekends, and just take it as easy as possible. I know it’s very hard, everybody’s under pressure, mechanics, teams, engineers, all of us – it’s a normal feeling.
“We’ve done this nine times, and we’ve done fairly good. So I think we have more experience than we did last weekend, and this weekend should be an even smaller chance to give into silly mistakes.”
When asked my MotorSportsTalk what winning the title would mean to him, Piquet said that it would be an important victory given the hard knocks that he has taken over the past few years in racing.
“For me it would be pretty important,” Piquet said. “I think for all of us it would be pretty important. We’ve dedicated our whole lives to racing, and winning an FIA championship like this that’s been around the world and been the first Formula E championship ever would be pretty important.
“Last time I won a championship was here in England at Brands Hatch in 2004. So since then, I’ve taken a few hard routes, particularly when I went to America racing NASCAR. I’ve been through a lot of series where I’ve taken a very, very hard step.
“I think this is, since GP2, one of the first championships I’ve been in where we all have equal ground. I’ve worked my whole career to win championships and races, and this would mean a lot to me.”