Reunited and it feels so good

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Friend of petrolheadblog.com Nelson Piquet Jr

Regular visitors to the old place will recall a fondness for friend of petrolheadblog.com Nelson Piquet Jr, whose inability to drive quickly, complete a race distance without crashing or keep his thoughts to himself made him a firm favourite among habitually facetious bloggers with a taste for the absurd.

During the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, Nelsinho crashed deliberately in order to cause a disruption to the race which influenced the result in favour of his Renault team mate Fernando Alonso.  Wikipedia has a decent summary for the uninitiated. In the middle of 2009, shortly after Renault fired him, our hero admitted this to the Brazilian media and sparked an investigation which confirmed he acted under orders, desperate to keep his place in F1.  Those responsible were fired and banned from the sport, while Nelson emerged with no credit and no job since his intentional crash in Singapore was a) just one of seventeen separate crashes in a career spanning twenty-eight races and b) incredibly badly executed, especially for a man with so much first-hand experience of what an accident should look like.  A harmless spin and a stalled engine would have been just fine, but instead…:

All told, the Brazilian hasn’t had a sparkling couple of years.  How appropriate, then, that on the day I start blogging again, my best borderline incompetent pal should get some good news at last: he and his Dad have won a libel case against the Renault F1 team, who’d previously suggested that the whole crashing on purpose business was the product of two very active South American imaginations.

We still remember you, mate…

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