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After exclaiming that Fernando Alonso “knew everything” about the Singapore race-fix; Nelson Piquet Snr has backed off the allegation. It seems the FIA feel they have no compelling evidence to suggest the two-time world champion from Spain had anything to do with the race-fixing incident and Piquet clarified his comment to the Telegraph:

“All I said was that an intelligent driver like Alonso would ask questions if his team told him to come in to pit after 12 laps from 15th on the grid,” Piquet said. “As a driver I would have suspected something, so I can imagine only with difficulty that Fernando didn’t know anything.”

Perhaps prudence has taken hold of the inner-workings of Piquet Snr. and he has realized that his quest to bring down Renault, Flavio Briatore, Pat Symonds and Fernando Alonso and anyone else who may have been in the same postal code when the incident occurred needs a more calm approach. While he can’t imagine Alonso not knowing of the race-fix plan; he has ignored the culpability and actions of his son, Nelson Piquet Jnr, in the entire saga.

While they Piquet’s maintain they were done wrong by Briatore and Renault, the looming question is did they attempt to blackmail Briatore with the incident? Irrespective of guilt or not, using the incident to attempt blackmail against Briatore should he not re-sign Piquet Jnr is an offense.

I find the entire episode tragic and yet I am still intrigued by the immunity offered Piquet and the large throng of F1 fans who have given Nelsinho a free pass on his actions. The Piquet’s may have revenge as their catalyst and Piquet Snr as well as FIA president Max Mosley have certainly appeared intent on bringing Flavio Briatore down but what precedent has this set? Immunity for confessions? If you have to offer Immunity to get a driver to tell the truth; what does that say?

The world seems intent on treating Piquet Jnr. as the protagonist-turn-victim in this saga and I for one and nonplussed by the justification used to portray the Piquet’s in this light. Piquet deliberately crashed a car, putting people lives at risk, and sat on this information for over 12 months (Piquet Snr. announced today that the FIA knew about the incident 12 months ago. 12 Months!). Only when sacked by Renault for poor performance, does father Piquet get involved in an effort to bring down manager and Renault team boss Briatore—also the raison d’etre of Max Mosley as it obviously appears through the “immunity for everyone except Briatore” offers.

Piquet Jnr. is no saint in this saga. He is not an innocent victim preyed upon by the evil machinations of men and machine. No, he has a manager and a former world-champion father who should have been managing the situation. He knew of the race-fixing incident and to suggest that the FIA’s immunity is to prompt Piquet Jnr. to tell the truth is a complete misnomer. He is a co-conspirator and equal in his guilt as Briatore or Symonds. The truth is…that’s the truth.

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onthepodium
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onthepodium

yes, very well put. he may not have been a co-conspirator, in the sense that he didn’t actually plan it, but he certainly knew what he was being asked to do was wrong. and then to use the incident as fodder blackmail. ya. not the right thing to do.

and really, was persuing a drive with renault worth all that? i’m just very surprised P sr. moved forward with this. why not say, “ok son, not a great season, let’s not burn bridges, let go out and try to constructively fnd you another drive.”

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onthepodium

ok still catching up on all this. so now i read:

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/78682

“In particular, Symonds was adamant in his interview with the stewards that the idea for the crash had come from Piquet – and not from himself or Briatore.”

will it ever be clear who told who to do what? more drama to fill the silly season with i expect. just the wrong kind of attention F1 needs at this time.

GPLegend
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GPLegend

After qualifying, Symonds said this: “But as a team we never give up, and as it is apparently difficult to overtake here, we will have to be creative!”
You don’t say!

GPLegend
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GPLegend
Roger Carballo AKA Architrion
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Roger Carballo AKA Architrion

I have a question for you. Knowkng what a twisted mind Mr Nelson Piquet has showed through all of his career, and knowind that he was side by side with his son whole last season, every race, may I wonder: 1. Did he know about it since the beginning? I can imagine a wonderful chat between daddy and son about what was coming next, crashing and all that stuff. 2. Could it be that the original idea was Nelson Piquet sr copiright? It sounds perfect to me, and fixes the puzzle. It explains why Symonds said that it was a… Read more »

SR
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SR

HEY PIQUET…YOU SUCK. SHUT UP ALREADY. (yes, I’m yelling)

theTruthwillSetYouFree
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theTruthwillSetYouFree

The one person that comes off as the Idiot in this whole fiasco is Piquet. You can’t tell me that there wasn’t some “agreement” made between Jr and Briatore during the discussion of throwing the Singapore 2008 race. Piquet ended up with a sore behind by Briatore’s swift kick out of Renault and a humiliating, embarassing performance in F1. This is his desperate attempt to not shame his family name, let alone his World Champion father; (which by the way is the ONLY reason why Piquet Jr is accepted in F1.) Piquet, you are a disgrace, and tsk, tsk, tsk… Read more »

Just me
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Just me

Ok so I’m trying to explain my wife (who still think that Pablo Montoya is racing in F1)the world of F1 and she said: “So his [Fernando Alonso’s] ego must be destroyed thinking that he needed people to cheat for him to win… thinking that he does not have what it takes to win a race by his own merits and skills” So FB and company thought that he was not capable of wining unless they intervened. What do you guys think about this comment?
Disclamer notes: I’m a Fernando Alonso fan.

SR
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SR

Winning in F1 has much more to do with the car you’ve been given then your skill as a driver. Driver skill is important and is often the deciding factor when consistency and a few extra tenths are all that is needed to win (or perform better), but in order for driver skill to be a factor you must have the car. Renault didn’t have the car last year. Look at Jensen Button (all due respect) but he’s not exactly at the same level as KR, FA, SB or LH (regardless of how “smooth” he’s been driving Hobbs), but yet… Read more »

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Dan

I have to agree with Piquet Sr. Fernando must have suspected something… and considering how clueless we all think Nelsinho is do you think he would be a good enough liar to have fooled Fernando when he explained the crash. They would have talked about it together at some time I am sure.

Don’t get me wrong, the crash stinks, but if Fernando didn’t guess something was up then I would be amazed. And having realised the whole thing was to benefit him I would love to know his true feelings, whether he feels he deserves the win or not.

JD
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JD

I also think that Alonso must have at least suspected something. But how does that make him guilty? (as some have suggested) There is still zero evidence that Alonso was an active participant in the scandal. Yes, he benefitted. Yes, he probably figured out something was up. But, really, what would anyone do in that exact same situation? He still drove the hell out of the car. Either the entire race is tainted or it is not. One cannot cherry pick results out of this race according to ones beliefs or hunches. Ultimately, Rosberg also benefitted from Piquet’s crash. There’s… Read more »

paude
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paude

…………….in a world of sceptics with a twisted sense of humour….. renault leaves the F1, Briatore and Piquet Sr buy the team and Jr becomes the number 1 driver (as long as a chimp is driving the second car, my apologies to the chimp).
Luca look out Mosely has you next on his list…..

Benalf
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Benalf

LOL! and I agree, Luca should keep looking over his shoulder; th witchhunting is not over yet