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Formula One chiefs set to probe race fixing

Published 11/09/2009

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso

THE FIA, motorsport's world governing body, have confirmed they are investigating the events that led to Renault's Fernando Alonso winning last October's Singapore Grand Prix.

Nelson Piquet Jnr crashed on lap 14, shortly after Alonso had gone into the pits, bringing out a safety car for seven laps, which proved instrumental in the Spaniard winning.

A dossier, purporting to be a copy of the testimony given by Piquet Jnr to the FIA at the end of last month, was published on a number of motorsport websites yesterday.

In the leaked dossier, Piquet claims that he was asked to crash, and agreed in order to safeguard his career prospects.

Piquet further alleges that he was told to crash at a “specific location of the track that did not

have any cranes that would allow a damaged car to be swiftly lifted off the track [and] would thus necessitate the deployment of a safety car”.

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