Briatore And Renault Launch Police Proceedings Against Piquets In Crash-Gate Saga Twist
Flavio Briatore and the Renault Formula One Team have launched a full scale legal and police backed operation against the Piquet family in a new and very public twist to the Crash-Gate scandal which is just starting to rock F1.
Nelson Piquet Jr has alleged that Briatore, and team compatriot Pat Symonds asked him to crash his Renault R28 car in the Singaporean Grand Prix, to give a safety car based advantage to Fernando Alonso. Alonso went on to win the race, but has said he had no idea of any discussion over a deliberate accident.
Briatore and Symonds admit that a conversation did take place before the Grand Prix where Piquet suggested crashing, and they both laughed it off as silly. Piquet also claims that he did it to keep his job, something feverently denied more by Briatore who now claims Nelson Piquet Snr tried to blackmail him into keeping Piquet Jnr in a race seat for the 2009 season.
The whole crash gate and sacking of Nelson Piquet Jnr has now completely exploded… A statement from Flavio and Renault read;
“Today the ING Renault F1 Team and its Managing Director Flavio Briatore personally, wish to state that they have commenced criminal proceedings against Nelson Piquet Junior and Nelson Piquet Senior in France concerning the making of false allegations and a related attempt to blackmail the team into allowing Mr Piquet Jnr to drive for the remainder of the 2009 season.
“The matter will also be referred to the Police in the UK.”