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On This Day

Wednesday 16th September 2009

11 years ago

Flavio Briatore resigned at boss of Renault as the notorious Crashgate affair streamrolled out of control - the team's director of engineering, Pat Symonds, also stood down. "Their careers were in ruins last night," wrote the Times. After initially denying all claims Nelson Piquet Jnr had been instructed to crash during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, Briatore caught everyone on the hop when he suddenly quit. Long-time friend Bernie Ecclestone said: "Well, I feel sorry for him actually. He told me recently he didn't want to finish up like me, playing with racing cars at my age. So at least he's been saved that embarrassment." The story would run for months and end up in a Paris court the following year.