Piquet Jnr and Alonso in Renault conspiracy claim

2008 Singapore Grand Prix

Nelson Piquet Jnr crashed out of the Singapore Grand Prix on lap 14

Nelson Piquet Jnr crashed out of the Singapore Grand Prix on lap 14

After last year’s Singapore Grand Prix there were plenty of conspiracy theories that Nelson Piquet Jnr crashed deliberately to help Fernando Alonso win the race.

Those theories are now being given credence by Brazilian F1 journalist Reginaldo Leme, who claims Renault are to be investigated by the FIA over the result of last year’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Brazilian TV station Globo also carried the report during its Belgian Grand Prix coverage today. The allegation is that Piquet was ordered to crash by the team to help Alonso win the race. Here’s a paragraph from the race report which explains the scenario:

Alonso, who along with Rosberg had started on the less favourable super-soft tyres, made his first pit stop. Although he fell to last it proved extraordinarily fortunate timing when his team mate crashed two laps later, Nelson Piquet Jnr backing his car into the wall in front of the grandstands by the Marina.

Sure enough, as the other drivers made their pit stops Alonso inherited the lead and won the race. This came a day after qualifying down in 15th due to a car failure.

Piquet was, of course, dropped by Renault earlier this year and later launched a vitriolic attack on former boss Flavio Briatore. It doesn’t take a cynic to wonder if he might just be trying to get revenge on his old team.

Here’s a look back at some footage of the crash:

Piquet also spun on the warm-up lap in Singapore. More evidence he was capable of spinning without being told to? Or was he getting in a practice spin ahead of his big moment?

I still think it’s a bizarre conspiracy but if Piquet himself claims it’s true then, notwithstanding his obvious antagonism towards the team, the FIA are surely going to have a look.

Do you think the claims are true? Here’s links to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix coverage from last year, and other relevant articles, to help you make your own mind up:

Thanks to Sandro and Dank for the tips!

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218 comments on Piquet Jnr and Alonso in Renault conspiracy claim

  1. Gianecchini said on 30th August 2009, 18:57

    It´s unbeliveble…What does the Piquet´s want ? Seriosly ?
    It´s sad to be a Piquetjr fan,why cant he drop
    everything in the past and start all over.
    What did hurt Nelshino so incredible enourmous much ?
    To be honest,I can see a pattern…it´s about his own
    ego.When he get´s older and more wise he will understand.

    …once bitten, twice shy.

  2. Grace Lovvorn said on 30th August 2009, 19:03

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Piquet Jr. was behind all of this. He got fired, and now he wants to be pitied on. What do you do then? Create a conspiracy theory against your old team, of course!
    Sure, sure. But maybe it’s just the fact he’s that bad, as shown in the videos. Most agree that he only got that position at Renault because he has a famous dad. Whoop de do.
    But since it is a Brazilian network that reported all of this, then it might just be Piquet Jr. desperately trying to create controversy. Good work, Nelson. Now, go away and have a fun time being unemployed.

  3. Pique senior was a very bitter man, look at the insults he said to Nigel Mansell.
    Piquet Jnr was quoted as calling his side of the garage mechanics “a group of useless typical english sheep-shaggers”, on his twitter page after the Spanish Grand Prix.

    • mp4-19b said on 30th August 2009, 19:31

      The first thing that Flavio did was look towards the end of the pit lane!! obviously he was looking at the safety car to be deployed ;) Could Flavio possibly be a covert member of the infamous “Propaganda Massonica”?

      justa thought ;)

      • Prisoner Monkeys said on 31st August 2009, 6:40

        Actually, if you look at the monitor just in front of him, the view is not of Piquet’s accident. However, if he had knowledge that an accident was about to happen, he is giving himself away a little.

        • My wife (who works for the CIA and MI6) is an expert in Facial recognition, and, after watching this video with much attention, she asserts (without any doubt), Flavio already knew what was going to happend before it happened.

          Sorry guys, but I have to leave now, she has to take her medicines right now…

  4. Skova265 said on 30th August 2009, 19:14

    somebody will shut all of his door’s for a future drive

  5. mp4-19b said on 30th August 2009, 19:15

    Big brother at work again ;)

  6. My first though on the matter was, ‘What utter, utter, utter, UTTER ********’! However, if the FIA are prepared to seriously investigate it, at least there’s some smoke. And where there’s smoke…

    Anyhow, I would be very surprised if there actually is a conspiracy, and even then, if the FIA can prove it.

  7. S Hughes said on 30th August 2009, 19:28

    Piquet may be angry with Renault and want revenge, but he wouldn’t make such an accusation without some evidence to back it up, surely. One cannot just instantly dismiss it because it originates from Piquet. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it were true. Ooooh, I love a good conspiracy theory – there’s always a fresh one on the go in F1.

  8. Net Sticks said on 30th August 2009, 19:33

    If McLaren are acused of doing all sorts of things, are the other teams all perfect, or only better in hedding their dirt.

    This time is Renault, took them almost an year…

    And when it will come time for Ferrari to pay their dues for playing dirt since the Schuma times…?

    • NDINYO said on 31st August 2009, 6:23

      Ferrari’s will be the absolute dirtiest – i was hoping Rubinho would come out with something this year after Brawn’s delay on signing him up last year, but now we know why he got a drive and nothing will be coming out of that soon – unless of course if he cracks the whip and threatens to tell all if Brawn doesn’t give him equal treatment in the Champinoship fight.

  9. Reginaldo Lemes is absolutely right!!!

    FIA is currently using MI6 services. I have a good friend there, and I know they have a pair of “double-zeros” working on this project (code name: French Caipirinha).

    Nelsinho was hypnoticed by Flavio Briatore (Alias Gustav Graves). For this reason, Nelsinho has declared recently he doesn’t know anything about this affair.

    Flavio (and Renault) are creating the “ultimate F1 weapon”: every Fernando Alonso contender will be crashed against a wall.

    They are having some trouble to make it work properly (due to McLaren’s ECU) but it seems it will work without any problem for next season, despite Alonso will be collaborating with another rival organization.

    It seems he (Alonso) has sold the system to Ferrari, lead by his ultra-villain, Luca le Chiffre.

    Oh my God! I’ve talked too much… I hear some voices in the corridor… oh no!

    Please no…

  10. I’m very sorry if I missed the bulk of information on this issue but it looks like there hasn;t been much more than what is in this post.

    First off, it states the FIA has launched an investigation on the situation, not that they have launched it because of this ‘investigative journalism’, only that this journalism uncovered the investigation itself.

    Secondly, if this was spreaded as a rumour I doubt it was Piquet (jr) himself, at least not deliberately. The last time we’ve heard from him he was still hopeful for a drive. If true something like this would rule out any chance of him ever stepping into an F1 car again and if he started the rumour, it wouldn’t even matter if it’s true.

    I haven’t decided if it’s got any credibility, but when watching the race it certainly crossed my mind as well. Alonso finally in a competitive car again, the team messed up quali, they put Alonso on a totally crazy strategy and just after he pits, Piquet crashes. It’s got all the right ingredients for a good ol’ conspiracy. :)

  11. Ned Flanders said on 30th August 2009, 19:49

    You know what they say… there’s no smoke without fire… and this one smells real shmokey to me

  12. oh. my. god. what a load of absolute rubbish.

  13. Bernard said on 30th August 2009, 20:20

    “The FIA can confirm that an investigation is underway regarding alleged events at a previous world championship race,” said the spokesperson.

    Should the FIA investigation suggest there is any evidence of foul play involved, then the governing body could call a hearing of the World Motor Sport Council to discuss the matter.


  14. Bernard said on 30th August 2009, 20:23

    Formula 1’s governing body has launched an investigation into an unspecified previous race, reported to be last year’s Singapore Grand Prix.

    a href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8229787.stm”>BBC

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