Ban 'outrageous' Piquet for life, says Warwick
22 September 2009 – Former driver Derek Warwick believes the severity of Nelson Piquet Jr's behaviour throughout the 'Crashgate' scandal should have landed the Brazilian a lifetime ban from Formula One. Hampshire's Warwick, who last raced in F1 for Footwork in 1993, is the second man to label the 24-year-old 'unemployable'.
"I would never, ever, ever employ Nelson Piquet Jr. again," former F1 and British Touring Car driver Warwick told Crash.net. "What I struggle with is that, for me, what he's done - breaking the confidence of a team on an agreement that he had - is outrageous and I think that's something he has to now live with for the rest of his life. I don't think there's a team out there that will employ him; he's unemployable as far as I'm concerned." Warwick's last comment reflects those of fellow retired driver and now television commentator Martin Brundle.
"They always say any publicity is good publicity. I think that, basically, the world knows that Formula One is the premier of motorsport and probably of sport in general - it's one of the most followed sports in the world. Will it do any long-lasting damage? No, I don't think so; we'll wake up on Tuesday morning after the announcement and we'll get on with Singapore. We'll forget about it because we love Formula One."