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You didn't actually think we'd heard the last of Crashgate, did you? The scandal that rocked the Formula One racing world last season and well into the post-season involved the Renault F1 team, its driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. and its top executives Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds.

For allegedly directing Piquet to crash on purpose during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, thereby handing the advantage to teammate Fernando Alonso, Briatore and Symonds were banned – permanently and temporarily, respectively – from the sport. Briatore eventually had the sentence overturned in French courts, and whistleblower/culprit Piquet found nothing but cold shoulders when it came time to find a new race seat.

As part of the ongoing debacle, the Renault team under Briatore's direction issued a statement in September 2009 claiming that Piquet's assertions were entirely fabricated. As a result, according to ESPN, Piquet and his three-time World Champion father are now suing the disavowed Briatore for slander, with punitive damages sought to the tune of £200,000 (about $300k). Considering how many millions the Piquet and Briatore estates must be worth, the six-figure sum seems like a drop in the bucket, but that's still more than we could say for Nelsinho's flash-in-the-pan career in F1 that didn't even last two seasons.

[Source: ESPN]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      yet when carl edwards does it in nascar he gets a slap on the wrist
        • 5 Years Ago
        Edwards bumped Keselowski, causing him too crash, in payback for all the times Keselowski knocked Edwards out. Piquet crashed on orders from his boss at the time, Briatore, in order to bring out a safety car that gave Piquet's team mate, Fernando Alonso, the strategic advantage to win the race, which he did. Now explain to me how the two incidents are the same?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um, Im not sure you understand what happened here because these are two completely different situations.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What on earth is Piquet thinking? For his own sake he needs to just let this die.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, he really does.

        And by the way, the last time I checked, Piquet wasn't in an R/C car when it crashed, HE was the one who pulled the trigger on Briatore's strategy, no?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Briatore is a billionaire, actually
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a "slapsuit" to me. An extremely wealthy entity suing a merely wealthy entity, with a meritless, time consuming, and extremely expensive lawsuit, just to shut him up. This is misuse of wealth, and the end result will be drawing a huge amount of media attention and further investigation to the matter which is not in the best interest of either party, who both likely will be further exposed to disadvantageous publicity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      #1 - Piquet should have said no to the intentional crash. #2 - Briatore should be sued for far worse. That some wimpy French court allowed him back is the biggest travesty, but sadly they cannot be sued.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These guys are why we campaigned the F-ING RENAULT Fromage1 Alliance in The 24 Hours of LeMons:

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        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha ha ha! Excellent job on the livery! The car looks great, almost too good for Le Mons. How did you do?