Fri, Aug 03, 2007 - Page 24 News List

Three-time F1 champ Piquet forced to take driving lessons

AP , SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

It seems you need more than three Formula One titles to be considered a good driver in Brazil.

Former race car driver Nelson Piquet -- Formula One champion in 1981, 1983 and 1987 -- is being forced to undergo an intensive driving course after losing his driver's license because of an accumulation of speeding and parking tickets.

The 54-year-old Piquet and his wife, Viviane, both exceeded the limit of fines allowed by Brazilian law and must complete an eight-day, 30-hour intensive course to regain their licenses.

"There are several different speeds in several different roads," Piquet told Globo TV. "Some are 80kph, some are 60kph, some are 50kph. Sometimes you don't pay attention and you break the speed limit -- and you can lose your driver's license in a very fast way."

Piquet is expected to finish his mandatory awareness course in Brasilia by the end of the week.

"I have my driver's license for over 40 years and I have driven in several countries, but this thing that Brazil is doing, I believe it's the right thing," he said.

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