Piquets Sue Briatore for £200,000 in UK Court
As some of you might remember from last year, as soon as Nelson Piquet Jr. came out with the story about Renault's Briatore telling him to crash his car on purpose during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, both the Italian manager and the French manufacturer accused the Piquets of providing the FIA with false evidence on the saga.
In the aforementioned press statement, Renault F1 was accusing both Piquet Jr. and his 3-time world champion of a father for trying to blackmail the French manufacturer into extending the former's deal with the Enstone outfit.
“The pair are seeking 200,000 pounds sterling, with the team's ousted boss Briatore - who was also 24-year-old Piquet's manager - summoned by the High Court in London,” said a report from the GMM news agency, citing the Daily Mail.
While Renault F1 withdrew their legal threats against the two members of the Piquet family shortly after issuing them – as they figured out something was fishy about the crash saga – Briatore didn't, insisting that he'll pursue them legally in both the UK and France.
Although the Paris' court overturned the FIA's lifetime ban handed to Briatore, the French judges argued that the decision didn't mean the 59-year old manager was declared innocent, but that the FIA did not have the authority to suspend him for life. Consequently, as neither Briatore nor Renault apologized to the Piquets, they are now seeking financial damages.
“Given Renault F1's failure to accept the Piquets' invitation to withdraw the allegations and apologize, they feel they have no other choice but to demonstrate the falsity of these allegations in court,” said the Piquets' lawyer Dominic Crossley, according to the aforementioned source.