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Briatore hits out at Piquet Sr - The war between Renault and the Piquets continues to heat up

Published by Christine

The war of words continues as the Renault saga rumbles onwards. Now it seems that Flavio Briatore wrote a letter to Piquet Sr just a couple of days after the FIA were given the "new information". The letter includes:

I am outraged that you could think that I myself, not mentioning your son and the other people in the Renault's Team, could have any part in such a strategy that may constitute a criminal offense.

Secondly, I am forced to consider that your threat constitutes without doubt a blatant attempt of exerting blackmail against Renault F1 and myself to extort an illegitimate advantage by way of threats and outrageous lies on the basis of an alleged hear-say.

It's all getting very ugly, isn't it?

Updated: Renault have now begun criminal action against the Piquet's. The team issued the following statement today:

The ING Renault F1 Team and its Managing Director Flavio Briatore personally, wish to state that they have commenced criminal proceedings against Nelson Piquet Junior and Nelson Piquet Senior in France concerning the making of false allegations and a related attempt to blackmail the team into allowing Mr Piquet Jnr to drive for the remainder of the 2009 season. The matter will also be referred to the Police in the UK.