Briatore made disparaging remarks in the Italian press referring to a man Piquet Jnr used to live with, his mechanic Agnaldo Furlani.
"Barrichello said the newly painted helmet that he was using at the Italian Grand Prix was in part a homage to say how much he missed Piquet, and fellow Brazilian Felipe Massa, in F1." Interesting – Brawn's explanation earlier was that it was a helmet designed by Barrichello's children. I'm awaiting a reply from them…
"I don't want it changed – some people want it – I don't want to be leading the race and have a failure, at the same time I have to fight for what I really can achieve which is winning tomorrow." Brawn have since confirmed Barrichello will not change his gearbox.
"Formula One teams have already been found guilty of massive industrial espionage and the most bare-faced lying, but the charges made by the Piquets move us on to another dimension. They suggest that the sport has on at least one occasion been utterly subverted, literally from the start to a finish shaped by the spurious intervention of a safety car. With its absolute contempt for both human safety and the idea of fair play this is arguably the worst yet. It makes the diving of footballers and the cynical appealing of cricketers seem relatively minor infractions, if not the persistence with which the managers of the guilty men dispute that such practices are making the games more or less morally worthless."
Brundle on Piquet Jnr: "His rationale is that his contractual option hadn’t been taken the previous month so he was stressed and wanted to please the team. Try waiting the whole winter to sign a race-by-race contract days before the first grand prix of the season — that’s stress, but still not enough to crash a car intentionally." I'm wondering to which of his years he's referring. 1994?
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