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The next big F1 scandal: Renault cheated?

FIA calls Renault to face cheating charges

04/09/09 18:40

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Piquet’s Singapore shunt under investigation
with Renault called to face cheating charges.
The FIA today confirmed that Renault has been requested to appear before an extraordinary meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council on Monday 21st September.

In a statement issued this afternoon by the sport’s governing body, the team has been called to answer charges, including a breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code. That particular rule regards bringing the sport into disrepute via “any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motorsport generally.”

“The team conspired with its driver, Nelson Piquet Jr, to cause a deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix with the aim of causing the deployment of the safety car to the advantage of its other driver, Fernando Alonso,” reads the statement.

Our report from the inaugural Singapore event was entitled “the cards fall for Fernando Alonso,” and while Piquet’s crash certainly seemed genuine enough at the time, clearly the governing body - via its rumoured tip-off and subsequent investigations - does have some evidence to the contrary.


Should Renault be found guilty of the charges, penalties range from a fine to exclusion from the championship at a time when Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone has publically stated he fears the Anglo-French team could leave the series.

"The ING Renault F1 Team acknowledges the FIA’s request for representatives of the team to appear before the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on the 21st of September 2009," the team said in a statement. "Before attending the hearing, the team will not make any further comment."

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Massa confronted Briatore about Piquet crash

Massa confronted Briatore about Piquet crash

03/09/09 12:00

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Massa reportedly has his own suspicions
Felipe Massa suspected Nelson Piquet crashed deliberately at Singapore last year and confronted Flavio Briatore about the incident in person, it has emerged.

It had been presumed in recent days that the source of the accusation must have been Piquet and his famous father, still furious after being recently ousted by Renault boss Briatore. But reports this week suggest that Massa immediately suspected that Piquet had been asked to crash on purpose so that the safety car would emerge and the sister Renault of Fernando Alonso would win the race.

"He crashed in a very strange way," TV Globo commentator Reginaldo Leme is quoted as saying. "It struck me when I was talking recently with Felipe Massa. Felipe had gone to Briatore and said, 'This crash was not right, it happened because you wanted it to'.
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Leme also said other drivers had been suspicious of the Piquet crash.

Massa had led comfortably from pole position in Singapore last September until the Piquet safety car, but when he made his pitstop he then famously drove away with the fuel hose still attached. He lost the championship to Lewis Hamilton by a single point.

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Because the judgement for evil deeds is slow to come, many have it in their heart to do wrong. There is no honour among thieves and Alonso has now been implicated in 2 serious scandals. If in the 'end' his wish is to be a disgraced former champion, then he has succeeded admirably. lol

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'Piquet's people ratted out Renault?'

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'Piquet's people ratted out Renault'
Saturday 5th September 2009

Nelson Piquet Jr himself or those close to him are believed to the source behind the FIA's investigation into Renault's actions in Singapore last year.

Earlier this week the FIA announced that Renault would face an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council to answer charges under Article 151c of the International Sporting Code relating to last year's inaugural night race.

The FIA have accused Renault of having 'conspired with its driver, Nelson Piquet Jr, to cause a deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix with the aim of causing the deployment of the safety car to the advantage of its other driver, Fernando Alonso.'

The charges come also a full year after the grand prix took place, prompting some speculation as to why now.

And according to The Times, it all stems from Renault's recent sacking of Piquet Jr.

'It is believed the FIA was originally informed of allegations that the Renault team asked Piquet to crash in an attempt to help Alonso, who won the race, by sources close to Piquet, if not by Piquet himself, after his recent dismissal from the team,' the newspaper claims.

In the wake of the allegations, the FIA employed Quest to investigate with the private intelligence agency looking into the incident.

'Investigators have conducted extensive interviews with Renault team members - among them the team principal, Flavio Briatore, who has told friends he knew nothing of the alleged plans, Pat Symonds, the engineering director, and Alonso,' the newspaper continued

'Investigators have also looked at telemetry from Piquet's car and radio transmissions from the Renault pitwall to the Brazilian's car during the race up until the moment he crashed on lap 14. It is thought the radio recordings could be significant in the outcome of the case and may show that Piquet was regularly questioning his pitwall about which lap he was on immediately before the crash.'

Should Renault be found guilty the team could face exclusion and suspension, although many believe they could be banned from Formula One entirely.

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Race-day meeting key to Renault case

Race-day meeting key to Renault case
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By Jonathan Noble and Michele Lostia Wednesday, September 9th 2009, 16:20 GMT

Nelson Piquet Jr at the 2008 Singapore GPA meeting between Nelson Piquet, Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds hours before last year's Singapore Grand Prix is central to the race fixing allegations surrounding the Renault team, AUTOSPORT has learned.

With the FIA's World Motor Sport Council due to meet on September 21 for Renault to answer charges that the team caused a deliberate crash in Singapore last year to help Fernando Alonso win, sources have confirmed for the first time background details of the case.

AUTOSPORT understands that key to what happened in the race is the discussion that took place in one of Renault's offices at the Singapore track on the Sunday, where race tactics were discussed between Piquet, team principal Briatore and director of engineering Symonds.

Sources claim that in evidence submitted to the FIA by Nelson Piquet, 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 - and Briatore was stalling on making a firm commitment. 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.

Sources claim that the Singapore race-fix matter came to light on July 26 - the day of Piquet's last race for Renault in Hungary - when his father Nelson contacted FIA president Max Mosley to make him aware of what had happened.

Piquet Jr. then visited the FIA's headquarters in Paris on July 30 to present a statement to FIA representatives, believed to be stewards' advisor Alan Donnelly, and external investigators from the Quest agency.

Following Piquet's testimony, the three stewards from the Singapore Grand Prix, plus two external investigators from Quest, were flown to the Belgian Grand Prix to conduct interviews with Renault representatives.

A report in Italian magazine Autosprint also suggests that telemetry data from Piquet's car has emerged as another reason why the matter has gone to the WMSC.

At Turn 17 where Piquet crashed, normally the rear wheels of the Renault would lose grip on the exit - requiring the driver to ease off the throttle briefly. However, on the lap he crashed, Piquet kept accelerating even though the rear wheels had lost grip.

Briatore is reported to have claimed that he was: "a victim of extortion by the Piquet family.

"I confirm the meeting with Piquet on Sunday morning, but nothing like that was ever talked about. I also remember that Piquet at Singapore was in a very fragile state of mind. Besides that, there are the audio recordings where I express disappointment when I see on the screens that Piquet had crashed."

Symonds is also reported as saying: "It's true, during the Sunday meeting with Piquet the issue of deliberately causing a SC deployment came up, but it was proposed by Piquet himself. It was just a conversation."

Renault has said it will not comment on the matter officially before the WMSC hearing later this month.
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So they did talk about it before the race...very interesting. It will be impossible to prove whose idea it was, or whether there was any agreement to take action, i.e. conspiracy. Flavio and Pat could say, "Hey he crashed on his own to try to gain some brownie points with us."
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Hahaha.....This is the same dimwit... NPJr., who stated Lewis Hamilton was committing career suicide by daring to challenge Falonso at McLaren. What a wanker!
IF....Piquet Jr. was stupid enough to mention such a possibility of crashing on purpose, and the team did not axe him at the time, then ALL of them are guilty and cheats!
Flavio is a sleaze, because he had been implicated in cheating scandals when Schumi was with Benetton.
History will tell the tale, but the smell will take a while to dissipate.....LOL

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To think Falonso went to Ron Dennis trying to blackmail him into making Lewis slow down. Falonso said he had Ferrari design plans and would submit them to the FIA if RD did not comply with his evil wishes.

Ron Dennis then immediately called the FIA in Falonso's presence and the corrupt diddlers at the FIA instead punished McLaren and that low-life instigator Alonso went unquestioned and unpunished.

Why didn't the managers at Renault report the same when Piquet Jr. allegedly came up with this devious plan???

Because they are dirty rotten thieving scoundrels!

Well...... Karma is a Bitch and that bitch's name is Nelson Piquet Jr.

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Flavio a sleaze? The man whom at age 56 was caught in bed with a 19 year old by his pregnant fiance (Heidi Klum no less.) WTF is wrong with this guy?
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