It's getting more complicated as the hearing nears. What is one to believe, Flavio Britore, Pat Symonds or the Piquets. Now the father says he informed FIA last year. It is probably a mere coincidence that the man he informed, Charlie Whiting, happened to be a mechanic at Brabham and the owner of the team was Bernie Ecclestone:-# If they were indeed informed at that time, why did they wait so long, and for Junior to make a statement to the FIA after he lost his drive does not make him a saint. The father was known as one of the most intelligent men in his driving days, so he can be counted on to manipulate the situation pretty much to his son's advantage. He is not Anthony Hamilton. The other interesting that i find is, Bernie or Mosley saying " It's too late" what ever the outcome the result would stand! why? Why should the result stand if a team has cheated. Renault should be stripped of the points they got in Singapore, and much like i had said all through the spy-gate saga that if Mclaren had all their points taken, then both Mclaren drivers should have been stripped of their points too. How can a car which is deemed to be illegal have all it's points taken but the points scored by the men driving an illegal car be deemed to be legal:o
The thing is, much like the saying in showbiz, no publicity is bad publicity, and that is what Bernie and Mosley have turned F1 into. Much like the DD diffuser issue this year. Teams raised objections over Toyota and Williams` DD diffusers when they first ran in testing, but it was allowed to drag on well into the season. Charlie Whiting has been at the center of many controversies. It's time he should be shown the door too and that is why I am against the candidacy of Jean Todt. He will be a continuation in many ways of Mosley and represents all things ugly of the past 10-15 years.
I agree, doubt Piquet Junior is smart enough to come up with all the conspiracy. Doubt he came up with even a part of it. I mean he had nothing to gain. It looks more and more like it was Pat Symonds, sadly who came up with the idea and with his position being such within the Renault team, he was able to go through with it. I am sure the only worry he must have had at that time would be, whether Junior was capable of even crashing properly to bring out the safety car. What i find missing in the transcript is Piquet's claim that he kept asking about which lap he was on. That is what he says in his statement, that he asked repeatedly about which lap he was on to make sure he crashed on lap 14 or 15. The reaction of Britore after the crash is interesting too. Flavio Britore does not have a great reputation, he is very good at eyeing up talent and man management but his past will always be brought up if any cheating allegations come up. In legal terms we call them " habitual " Just like it was discussed at the time in the link you have posted. People don't forget.Plus how did Renault anticipate another safety car period which whipped out all of Alonso's lead and how did they know Ferrari would do what they did with the fuel rig. Without that and with the second safety car, Massa would have won the race i think, so superior was his car there. Besides you must have seen a lot of discussion about article 6 these days on TV. Well, article 6 has a couple of sub-clause too, and those asking for it to be implemented, ahh well l won't say anything about their past, but the sub-clause talk about aiding and abetting, and that is what should be applied to Charlie Whiting, the Piquet Sr and Jr and who ever else was informed.
You and i are on the same page more or less but lets just try and avoid what is very well documented as this is about a totally different matter. I agree completely, how can driving into someone at high speed not be dangerous and not considered risking the life of someone else but that is an argument for another day.
Because this is the FIA, the enjoy prolonging the circus. Like the Diffuser issue earlier this season. Seems they knew about the Singapore incident in November of last year but did not feel the need to investigate it themselves unless someone, i.e. Nelson Piquet Junior came to them and make a sworn statement. What the FIA is saying is, that we knew something might have happened and we had the authority to investigate it too, but we did not feel the need to investigate something as big as race-fixing unless someone came out and admitted they were involved. If that makes sense:S