How long does Nelsinho have.

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On the fences: Beleaguered Nelson Piquet Jr., son of three time world champion and a Dutch model, is not sitting pretty at ING Renault. After surviving a tumultuous rookie season last year, he is still trying to put his Formula 1 career on the right foot.

The former British F3 champion and GP2 stand-out has yet to out qualify his teammate, Fernando Alonso, for the first time. Time is running out for Nelsinho and sands of time may be shifting on his career as the Grand Prix circus moves to round 4 in Bahrain this weekend.

He may soon find himself on the outside looking in. Waiting in the wings is Swiss-promoted-as-French driver Romain Grosjean, GP2 race winning and Renault Development Driver.

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