Nelson Piquet has apologised for his role in the race-fix scandal that has engulfed Formula One - and said he does not expect forgiveness for his involvement.
In a statement issued shortly after it was announced that Renault had been given a two-year suspended ban from the sport, Piquet said he has happy the matter had now been brought to an end.
"I am relieved that the FIA investigation has now been concluded," he said. "Those now running the Renault F1 Team took the decision, as I did, that it is better that the truth be known and accept the consequences. The most positive thing to come from bringing this to the attention of the FIA is that nothing like it will ever happen again.
"I bitterly regret my actions to follow the orders I was given. I wish every day that I had not done it. I don't know how far my explanation will go to making people understand because for many being a racing driver is an amazing privilege, as it was for me. All I can tell you is that my situation at Renault turned into a nightmare.
"Having dreamed of being a Formula 1 driver and having worked so hard to get there, I found myself at the mercy of Mr Briatore. His true character, which had previously only been known to those he had treated like this in the past, is now known."
Piquet added that his time working with Briatore had been the worst period of his life.
"Mr Briatore was my manager as well as the team boss, he had my future in his hands but he cared nothing for it. By the time of the Singapore GP he had isolated me and driven me to the lowest point I had ever reached in my life. Now that I am out of that situation I cannot believe that I agreed to the plan, but when it was put to me I felt that I was in no position to refuse.