We were de­nied a good news story

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

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.

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