Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sour grapes

So I’m assuming that by now Y’all heard that the Renault F1 Team has been summoned to appear in front of the World Motor Sport council (WMSC) on September 21st over the allegations of purposely ordering Nelson Piquet Jr. to crash his race car in order to enable Fernando Alonso to win the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix and give the “Reggie” a needed publicity boost after having not won a race in nearly two years… As Renault has been being investigated by the FIA since the Spa weekend when a Brazilian TV station ran a story on the matter.

Of course the person in the spotlight seemingly is “Nielsen Ho” (Piquet Jr.) who after being unceremoniously dumped by the team has gone on the warpath against ex-Boss “Flavour Flav” (Briatore) by likening him to a Dictator and careening on about not getting equal treatment whilst racing alongside double World Champion “Fredrico Suave.” (Alonso)

And although I’m certain this is possible, HELL even most certain it occurred; Earth to Nelson, you’re a Formula 1 Rookie and he’s a two time World Champion! So get over it! As I’m in the middle of Professor Steve Matchett’s second book and couldn’t believe how this seems quite similar to Renault’s previous incarnation, nee Benetton, when a one Mr. Michael Schumacher was routinely given the nod over his Number 2 teammates… So perhaps Piquet Junior will wish to give Rubino a call on his mobile and see if the Brazilian is willing to let his countryman cry on his shoulder?

Meanwhile, I’m really not sure what to say on the matter, as Renault/Benetton seemingly have a long track record of infidelities when it comes to the Sporting “Regs” and it’ll be interesting to see how the WMSC handles the matter if indeed they decide that Renault and Flavio are guilty of breeching the sporting codes Article 151C, of which McLaren was previously fined a monstrous $100 million a few seasons ago, while Renault got off with a slap on the wrist for previously breeching the rules…

While it’s quite hard to think that the team would go to such dubious lengths and if found to have done so will certainly put another black mark upon the sport, eh? One must wonder what the proverbial fallout would be for the Enstone based squad, which hopefully will remain in F1 for the foreseeable future; not only as an engine supplier, but a constructor…