Piquet Jr Now Denies Senna Comments
He reportedly blamed the story on the Brazilian media, saying that his words were taken out of context and "Along the same lines, they (journalists) made another attempt to create controversy where there is none with my statement about Ayrton Senna [. . .] I said that if Ayrton had raced ten years earlier he would not have had the success that my father had [. . .] They were different times and realities. At the turn of the 70s to the 80s, reliability was much lower and drivers had to have much more of a mechanical side [. . .] Senna came a little later, when it was possible to drive almost all of the time at 100 per cent performance without needing to be a development driver as before [. . .] But he didn’t have the same repertoire for the mechanical side as did the previous generation, and so didn’t have to worry so much about preserving the gearbox, the engine.”
This statement tries to clarify the situation but we still don’t really agree with Piquet Jr, as we say that while Senna may not have faced the same mechanical and reliability problems that bothered his predecessors, that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t have been able to adapt to whatever driving style and conditions were required in order to win - we are talking about Senna here!
Story via motorsport.nextgen-auto.com