In the light of the Renault penalties over Singapore, Williams driver Nico Rosberg regrets that Fernando Alonso’s victory cannot be struck from the records, giving him his first race win.
Rosberg finished second to Alonso, but as we no know, the victory was achieved as a direct result of the team cheating. Had Piquet come clean at the time, or even up to a month after the event, Rosberg might have had his win. But under FIA rules the deadline for changing the result of last year’s Singapore Grand Prix was the end of November. By then Piquet had been confirmed for a second season at Renault and had no intention of giving vent to his conscience.
“Actually, I won the race because the team who finished first cheated., ” said Rosberg on Wednesday. “Now it’s the big Renault scandal. If we had protested, I could’ve won the race last year. But it’s too late now.”
Rosberg is angry at Piquet’s behaviour and the fact that by claiming immunity he got away without any kind of punishment,
“It’s a pity for the sport that something like that has happened. The only thing I don’t understand is that Piquet didn’t get anything. For me, he’s just as involved as the others because he is the one who actually did it and agreed to it.”
Rosberg is still looking for his first win, but has had a strong 2009 season, with consistent points scoring results, mainly in 4th and 5th places. His stock is high at the moment and he may judge that it is time for a move. McLaren and Brawn remain the two possibilities, both with Mercedes backing. If Kimi Raikkonen moves back to McLaren, then Rosberg may well end up at Brawn.
Meanwhile his seat at Williams could go to Rubens Barrichello or Robert Kubica, although the Pole has been speaking about Renault still being a strong option for him.
It looks like Kazuki Nakajima’s seat will be filled by the newly crowned GP2 champion Nico Hulkenberg, with an announcement possibly not too far away.