Although a little late, David Coulthard waded into the debate over the highly controversial ‘Crashgate’ scandal which disgraced Formula One this season following the Renault race-fixing scandal at the 2008 Singapore GP. The former driver turned television pundit struggles to believe how a driver could crash a car on purpose and believes the man in question should have come off worse.

With the ever-persistent ‘Crashgate’ seemingly struggling to fade away, Coulthard told The Times of India on Friday that F1 is still feeling the effects of the saga. "I think the FIA should have punished Piquet too," he said of the sport’s governing body of the driver who received immunity during the subsequent court hearing in Paris. "He was equally guilty as any other.

Piquet is disliked by many in the paddock

"It was really bad – bad for F1 and bad for the fans; the revelations have shaken many, including me…I don’t know how anyone can crash an F1 car (on purpose). All through my career I was trying to avoid a crash!"

The Scot, who will drive a Red Bull F1 car across a new sea bridge in Mumbai on Sunday, added that he would be ‘surprised’ to see Piquet Jr. ever return to F1.

We also hope to never see him again!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.