The Swiss driver soon apologized for his mistake, saying that he had talked to Piquet soon after the race and said he was sorry. Nonetheless, the Toro Rosso rookie was publicly criticized by both Piquet and his own team principal Franz Tost for his foolish mistake.
While the Renault driver immediately hit out at young drivers' over-enthusiasm during the F1 races – keep in mind that he did some mistakes of his own last year, although not detrimental to anybody but himself – Tost advised his driver to take “the discipline to wait” manual and read it a little more.
As announced by Renault's engineering director Pat Symonds, Tost proceeded to also sending a sorry letter to the Enstone headquarters.
“There was absolutely no blame attached to Nelson and quite unusually we received an email from Toro Rosso apologizing for the incident,” said Symonds, assuring his own driver that nobody at Enstone holds him responsible for leaving Monaco empty-handed (in terms of championship points, of course).
Piquet was hoping to end his point-less drought in the Principality, as he Brazilian is yet to make the scoreboard in 2009. He qualified 12th overall and was at the rear of a very compact group fighting for positions 4 thru 10, when being sidelined by Buemi.