We were denied a good news story
There were so many positives about Nelson Piquet Jr’s planned return to F3.
It would’ve helped raise the profile of a series that’s had a difficult winter with teams pulling out leading to a smaller-than-usual grid.
It would have provided an benchmark for the current crop of aspiring drivers – and a useful source of advice for Carlin’s other racers.
And, most importantly, at a time when depressing stories regularly provide the headlines this was a good news story. Then the FIA said no. Yes, it goes against what the category stands for. But hold on, Piquet wasn’t planning a title challenge; he wasn’t going to affect the development of young drivers. So surely the rules could have been relaxed for a one-off event like this?
Now we’ll never know how the Brazilian would’ve fared against today’s young stars and were denied a truly fascinating race weekend.
But, European F3’s loss could be FF1600’S gain. If Piquet does indeed follow through with his interest in competing in the Walter Hayes Trophy, that would be a mouth-watering prospect.
Piquet returning to a British contest 12 years after triumphing in F3 really would be a good news story. And, best of all, this time there would be no meddling FIA to stop him.