Nelson Piquet Jr has given a full account of how he deliberately crashed his car in order to help Fernando Alonso win the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
His damning description of the events have also put Flavio Briatore, the Renault team principal, and Pat Symonds, the engineering director, in the spotlight.
In a statement dictated to FIA officials, the Brazilian driver described how Briatore and Symonds asked him to crash, with Symonds taking him to one side before the race and pointing out the exact section of the track in which to carry out the “accident strategy”.
In his statement, Piquet said, “Mr Symonds … pointed me to the exact corner of the track where I should crash. This corner was selected because the specific location of the track did not have any cranes that would allow a damaged car to be swiftly lifted off the track.
“Mr Symonds also told me which exact lap to cause the incident on, so that a strategy could be deployed for my team-mate Fernando Alonso to refuel at the pit shortly before the deployment of the safety car,” he continued.