Nelson Piquet Jnr has broken his silence over the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix conspiracy.
Nelson Piquet Jnr claims he will race in one of the NASCAR championships this year. They’re welcome to him.
Michael Schumacher won the Desafio Internacional das Estrelas kart race for the second time in three years by finishing second in today’s second heat. Schumacher won the first race in Florianopolis yesterday and came in second today behind his former team mate – and event organiser – Felipe Massa.
Felipe Massa makes his return to competitive racing this weekend as he hosts his annual International Challenge of the Stars kart race in Florianopolis. Michael Schumacher is among the F1 drivers to turn up for the Desafio Internacionale das Estrelas having also raced karts at Las Vegas last weekend. Here’s a full list of the … Continue reading Schumacher and 11 other F1 drivers join Massa’s kart race this weekend
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)
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
The only foregone conclusion as Renault face the World Motor Sports Council today is what the verdict will be. Having revealed they will not contest the charges they caused a deliberate accident during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, a verdict of ‘guilty’ seems inevitable. But there are many more questions awaiting answers, some of which … Continue reading Renault face Singapore hearing today
An (un-bylined) article in the Daily Express suggests Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds may go unpunished for their role in the Renault crash scandal. Having left Renault, Briatore and Symonds are no longer represented by a licence holder, and so cannot be punished: Although the Council have unlimited power when it comes to imposing a … Continue reading No punishment for Briatore or Symonds?
A two-times F1 world champion like Fernando Alonso has no need of tainted triumphs handed to him in a corrupt fashion.
The Renault F1 team has confirmed it will not contest the FIA’s charges against the team over the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
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.
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.
The summer break is the traditional mid-point of the season, and a good time to take stock of who’s doing well and who’s struggling so far this year. Here’s part one of my rankings of the F1 drivers so far this year including some of your observations from the forum:
As first reported here on Saturday, Nelson Piquet Jnr has been dropped by Renault. And a statement from the Brazilian today gives insight into the simmering resentment between him and team boss Flavio Briatore. We discussed the Renault situation last week and there was some disagreement over whether Briatore had compromised Piquet in trying to … Continue reading Piquet’s scathing attack on Briatore
The Hungarian Grand Prix was Nelson Piquet Jnr’s last start for Renault, according to sources at the team. His replacement has not been officially confirmed but is expected to be Renault Development driver Romain Grosjean. Piquet’s replacement will either race at Valencia or Spa-Francorchamps, depending on whether the team’s appeal against its ban is successful.
Nelson Piquet Jnr looks increasingly unlikely to finish the season with Renault. Rumours have intensified since the Hungarian Grand Prix that he will be replaced at the team by Romain Grosjean. And details have emerged of a row between Renault boss Flavio Briatore, the driver, and his three-times champion father: