Piquet Blames Alonso for Renault Favoritism
In an interview with the Brazilian media, Piquet insisted that his son had no weapons to stop the whole crash-gate from happening, as he was racing with a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders. With his F1 career in the line, the Singapore strategy, although criminal, was inevitable, argued Piquet Sr.
“This is not something that should exist in motor racing. In my career I would never have thought about doing something like this. But the circumstances that made him do this were inevitable. He was under great pressure,” said Piquet, as reported by planetf1.com.
“Two hours before the race (Briatore) said (to Piquet Jr): 'If you want to help the team then you have to do this'. He accepted doing something under great pressure from Renault. He didn't have much else to lose in terms of his career,” added the triple world champion, who admitted knowing about the crime shortly after it happened.
“I knew that this was a crime. Manipulating the result of a race is a criminal act. There is no room for this in sport and especially when it is premeditated”.
As far as Fernando Alonso goes, Piquet's accuses go even further, as the Brazilian pointed the finger at the Spaniard for the clear favoritism inside the Renault team.
“This year was really very bad due to the favoring in terms of cars that Renault gave to Alonso. The team was not even managed by Briatore: it was managed by Alonso himself,” concluded Piquet.