Piquet alleges team told him to crash in Singapore GP
10 September 2009

A Renault F1 team meeting between Nelson Piquet, Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds just hours before last year's Singapore Grand Prix is central to the race-fixing allegations surrounding the team, accoridng to reports.

The sport's governing body is due to convene a World Motor Sport Council tomorrow to hear the allegations, which it has been confirmed were made by Piquet.

Autosport.com sources claim that in evidence submitted to the FIA by Piquet Jr, the Brazilian driver says he was asked by Briatore and Symonds to crash deliberately early in the race so as to help Alonso win.

Piquet says that he agreed to do so because he felt uncomfortable about his situation at the team, with Renault having not renewed his contract for 2009 at that time. Piquet suggests that he only went ahead and caused the accident because he felt he would be rewarded for his actions.

In his evidence, Piquet claims that he was taken aside by Symonds after the first meeting and instructured that he should crash on lap 13 or 14, shortly after Alonso's scheduled first stop, at Turn 17.

The reason this part of the track was singled out was because there were no cranes present there to lift the car away, so any accident would virtually guarantee a safety car.

Piquet's claims have, however, been denied by both Briatore and Symonds in documents that are believed to have been submitted with the FIA.

Although they confirm that the meeting between the three of them took place, both suggest that it was Piquet's own suggestion to cause an accident.

Renault has said it will not comment on the matter officially before the WMSC hearing later this month.

Twitter - follow autocar.co.ukSee all the latest Renault reviews, news and video

Join the debate

Comments
8

10 September 2009

Young Nelson has really learned from Fernando Alonso hasn't he?

Ron Dennis must be laughing his backside off.

10 September 2009

What race driver would want to crash his own car and risk injury or infamy? He's a racing driver, not a stunt driver.

10 September 2009

Looks like Piquet will not be joining a team anytime soon thanks to his "blowing the whistle". And he should be admonished as much as Renault for going through with this stunt. He not only could have hurt himself but other drivers too. It is also unethical.

A learning point for all professional drivers out there; your manager should also not be your boss!

10 September 2009

Without that fake accident, Massa would have won that GP (Ferrari made a mess when all cars entered into the pits while the safety car was out) and he would have been world champion. As simple as that. That's the reason why Ron Dennis is still laughing...

10 September 2009

[quote Greg1]Looks like Piquet will not be joining a team anytime soon thanks to his "blowing the whistle". [/quote]

Didn't do Alonso any harm.

10 September 2009

Why are Renault allegedly saying that Piquet suggested causing a crash? Surely they would have been better denying that any such conversation took place? Does the FIA have more evidence? Because if Renault knew Piquet was thinking about doing this then why didn't they fire Piquet there and then and why didn't they inform the FIA imediatley after the race in the interests of fair play?

Also accoring to the Mirror Piquet asked what lap he was on a long time before being due to pit but at around the time of the crash. Somethings not right.....

10 September 2009

Is that comedy a Piquetterie from Piquet Sr (*)?

(*) who was champion with non conformed fuel instead of Alain Prost (his 5th title)?

At this time, Renault was fair play and didn't attack Brabham BMW...

11 September 2009

It will be interesting to see if, should Renault be found guilty, there will be any penalty at all, seeing as how they didn't get fined for having McLaren data when McLaren were fined £50m for having Ferrari data!

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again
  • Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
    First Drive
    13 October 2017
    Off-road estate is now bigger, more spacious and available with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, but is it enough to make its German rivals anxious?