Felipe Massa believes his former team mate Fernando Alonso knew of Renault’s plan to help him win the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix by causing a deliberate crash.
The most notorious piece of cheating ever seen in Formula One took place on this day five years ago.
Nelson Piquet Jnr has broken his silence over the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix conspiracy.
Renault have apologised to Nelson Piquet Jnr over the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix affair.
Nelson Piquet Junior has revealed that Felipe Massa still blames him for his lost 2008 Drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó Championship. Massa came within a point of winning the season and was leading the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix when Piquet Jnr deliberately crashed, bringing out the safety car. When much of the field took the opportunity to pit there … Continue reading Piquet Jnr: Massa blames me for lost championship
Greg – better known as Ned Flanders in the comments – makes his debut as an F1 Fanatic guest writer by picking ten of the oddest causes of driver retirements. Retiring from a motor race is often an unremarkable experience for an F1 driver. Although reliability has improved hugely in recent years, the sight of … Continue reading Top ten… Weirdest F1 retirements
Nelson Piquet Jnr claims he will race in one of the NASCAR championships this year. They’re welcome to him.
Working out who was the best F1 driver is never easy – a driver typically only has one rival who has the same equipment, and even within teams two cars are not necessarily always the same. And it’s been even harder this year with the sudden emergence of Brawn and Red Bull as front runners, … Continue reading 2009 F1 driver rankings part 1: 25-16
Michael Schumacher hasn’t lost his appetite for racing – he was in action in Las Vegas last weekend taking on some of the top young kart racers and two of this year’s F1 drivers. F1 Fanatic reader Jan Stahl was at the SKUSA SuperNationals XIII kart event where Schumacher was competing along with Sebastien Buemi … Continue reading Michael Schumacher beats Buemi and Piquet in kart race (Pictures & video)
The FIA has formally published the widely-leaked evidence relating to Renault’s Singapore trial, along with various other documents including a 76-minute recording of the discussion at yesterday’s World Motor Sports Council meeting. The material can be downloaded from the FIA website. Although there isn’t much in the documents that hasn’t already been made public, there … Continue reading Who is Renault’s “Witness X”?
Nelson Piquet Jnr has issued a statement following the Renault verdict in which he tries to wash his hands of the conspiracy. Rather optimistically, he sets out his case for why he feels he should get an F1 drive in 2010: I can only hope that a team will recognise how badly I was stifled … Continue reading Nelson Piquet Jnr wants F1 return
A two-times F1 world champion like Fernando Alonso has no need of tainted triumphs handed to him in a corrupt fashion.
A surprising and quite telling development in the FIA’s investigation into the Renault Singapore crash came today as the governing body extended its offer of immunity to Pat Symonds. The clear implication is the FIA believe Symonds know more than he has told them so far – and suspicion will inevitably fall on the next … Continue reading Should the FIA have offered Pat Symonds immunity – and will he take it?
Since Nelson Piquet Jnr’s statement leaked online yesterday the story has exploded, commanding back-page coverage on many of Britain’s daily papers and dominating the build-up to the Italian Grand Prix. There are accusations of blackmail, complaints about the media’s handling of the story, more material appearing online and statements flying around. Here’s a quick summary … Continue reading Piquet-Renault scandal: more new evidence and complaints about leaks
After the Singapore Grand Prix last year there were some people who asked if Nelson Piquet Jnr crashed deliberately but many others – myself included – who rubbished the idea. But the FIA believes it is worth investigating and has launched a World Motor Sports Council hearing into the affair. So how many people believe … Continue reading Did Piquet crash on purpose? (Poll)
The FIA has confirmed Renault are being called to answer charges they deliberately caused a crash to help Fernando Alonso win the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
A Brazilian journalist claims Renault are to be investigated by the FIA over the result of last year’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Drivers’ championship Driver Points 1 Jenson Button 72 2 Rubens Barrichello 56 3 Sebastian Vettel 53 4 Mark Webber 51.5 5 Kimi Raikkonen 34 6 Nico Rosberg 30.5 7 Lewis Hamilton 27 8 Jarno Trulli 22.5 9 Felipe Massa 22 10 Heikki Kovalainen 17 11 Timo Glock 16 12 Fernando Alonso 16 13 Nick Heidfeld … Continue reading F1 championship points after Belgium
Nelson Piquet’s attack on Flavio Briatore for not giving him and Fernando Alonso equal equipment has once again cast a spotlight on how teams treat their drivers. McLaren’s policy of driver equality was a subject of furious debate during the 2007 season (not least on this site), when Alonso and Lewis Hamilton fell out spectacularly. … Continue reading Whitmarsh wants Hamilton and Kovalainen to have equal equipment
Romain Grosjean will take Nelson Piquet Jnr’s place in the second Renault at this weekend’s European Grand Prix. The identity of Fernando Alonso’s new team mate will not come as a surprise to many – Grosjean was linked to the seat as early as April 2008.