The Brazilian three time world champion Nelson Piquet is never short of an opinion. Notorious in the 80’s for outspoken and controversial statements, particularly about fellow drivers.
Recently during an interview on Brazilian TV, he turned his sour appraisal toward Spaniard Fernando Alonso.
“Fernando Alonso has had the chance to win up to five world championships, but the reality is that there is always a mess wherever he is,”
“He is a fantastic driver, but also one who generates a lot of problems and in the end everyone ends up leaving the team. He is very bad politically in his work on the team. When you arrive on a team, at first you must be patient and work together, and later you win,” Piquet added.
Rather ironic a statement when considering that his son Nelson Piquet Jr was Alonso’s teammate for Renault in 2008 and was involved in the notorious ‘Crashgate‘ when Piquet deliberately crashed into the barriers during the Singapore GP, enabling Alonso to take the victory.
Perhaps daddy is still rather bitter about the whole affair when he says that Alonso “always wants the best (straight away), and that is not the best way.”. Using his son as a human projectile was perhaps the only way to satisfy Fernando’s lust to taste being the best (by winning the race) in an poor performing 2008 Renault? Out of the two drivers of Piquet Jr and Alonso, the 2 time Champion was clearly the favoured man under team boss Flavio Briatore.
Truth of the deliberate crashing of Piquet Jr only came to light a year on after Piquet was ousted from the team when he confessed his involvement.