September 11, 2009

More Scandal for F1: Nelson Piquet was ordered to 'deliberately crash' his Renault at last year's Singapore Grand Prix, leaked transcripts reveal.

posted by owlhouse to auto racing at 01:52 AM - 4 comments

I was hoping this was going to be transcripts of some evidence of the accusation, rather than transcripts of the accusation, as it's already public knowledge what Renault are accused of, as the FIA has been investigating and have called Renault to a hearing on the 21st.

I suppose it's possible that Renault F1 were under a win-or-else mandate by the late stages of last season, (like Toyota allegedly are currently), because their car wasn't great, but a race later Fernando won in Japan so clearly the R28 wasn't a complete dog, which makes me believe Nelson less.

Renault have issued a law suit against Nelson in France and reported the matter to the police in the UK but I don't think we'll hear any of their side of the story until after the 21st.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:07 AM on September 11, 2009

Video of the crash. He overcooked the exit and spun into the inside wall.

posted by dusted at 11:20 AM on September 11, 2009

Sutil was right behind Piquet and witnessed the crash. He said there was no way it could have been deliberate.

posted by The_Special_Juan at 02:59 PM on September 11, 2009

So, which to believe: that Renault ordered Piquet to lose, or that Piquet, who has no points this season, is a bit shit?

posted by rodgerd at 05:12 PM on September 13, 2009

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