As if we haven’t heard enough about Crashgate already, Nelson Piquet Jr decides to have another whinge, this time to Brazilian broadcaster, Globo.
This time, he claims that no one suffered more from the race-fixing scandal than him. ARE YOU F&#KING KIDDING ME?!?!
Renault was given a two-year suspended ban after ordering Piquet Jr to crash so that team-mate Fernando Alonso could win the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
Team boss Flavio Briatore and director of engineering Pat Symonds resigned but Piquet Jr was granted immunity.
"People say I should have been punished by the FIA but no one has been punished more than I have," said the Brazilian.
Speaking in an interview on Brazilian TV, Piquet Jr claims his former team had threatened to withdraw his contract before the crash.
"Some people have suggested that I was blackmailing Renault to continue my career but the situation was more complicated for a long time before," he said.
"I made the allegation so that no other driver would go through what I went through and, more importantly, so that the whole episode would be clarified the way it has been."
Piquet’s latest comments are unlikely to endear him to the F1 community and a series of team bosses were quick to distance themselves from him at the Japanese Grand Prix, as we have reported earlier.
The 24-year-old Piquet admitted he did not consider the impact the incident would have on his career, with the Brazilian coming in for a great deal of criticism from several figures in F1.
"It all happened so quickly and I must confess that I could never possibly have weighed up the consequences," he continued.
"The crash plan was only made hours before the race. I did not have time to think straight. I didn’t have a great qualifying and this was also a contributory factor to me accepting the strategy late in the day.
"I was in a difficult position at the time and the renegotiation of my contract was in play if I didn’t accept the strategy," he added.
"Some people have suggested I should have been punished by the FIA but, in reality, no one has been punished more than I have.
"I am at the beginning of my career, unlike the others who have been punished in this case. I am going to have to overcome many obstacles. I more or less have to start my career from scratch in Formula 1."
"Today I am just trying to carry on with my work. Motor racing is my passion and I’ve got to work hard to prove my worth on the track," he said.
"I know that I committed an error but I would have committed another if I hadn’t gone public with everything that happened to me."
BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle was rightly critical of Piquet Jr’s decision to participate in the conspiracy.
"I am massively unimpressed by Piquet Jnr," Brundle told BBC Radio 5 Live after the World Motor Sport Council handed Renault a two-year suspended ban from Formula 1 .
"So are many others inside the paddock. He could have said no. He didn’t need to do it. He’s a man and can be responsible for his own actions.
"He didn’t deliver at Renault as he wasn’t fast enough and that’s why he was released.
"The people who asked him to crash a car have been heavily punished with their reputations and creditably damaged and they are out of the sport. Piquet Jr gets off scot-free and I don’t think that’s right."
Nelsinho, it’s time that F1 forgot this sorry mess and that you piss off to NASCAR where you belong.
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