Irony in Singapore as Grosjean copies Piquet crash

After FIA penalties and departing sponsors, the next chapter in the crash-gate saga for Renault was a cruel dose of irony, as Romain Grosjean crashed during the initial Friday evening practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix. In the opening...

After FIA penalties and departing sponsors, the next chapter in the crash-gate saga for Renault was a cruel dose of irony, as Romain Grosjean crashed during the initial Friday evening practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.

In the opening light/dark session one year after Nelson Piquet's deliberate crash, once again the occupant of the second French car crashed on the exit of turn 17 -- dubbed by some in the paddock as 'Piquet Corner' and visited by many for posterity.

This time, Grosjean's accident was not on purpose but simply the result of the extremely low-grip street surface, but he did have to dismount his damaged car before a lengthy delay, because a recovery crane is still not located at the left hander.

In the sister R29, 2008 winner Fernando Alonso was fourth quickest at the end of the 90-minute session, behind the fastest Brawns and sandwiched by the two Red Bulls.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Nelson Piquet , Romain Grosjean