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Singapore Grand Prix: Controversial Piquet crash hands Alonso win in 2008

Fernando Alonso

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Renault's Fernando Alonso wins the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, the first Formula 1 race to be held at night.

The result of the race is mired in controversy after Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. alleged he had been ordered to crash by team boss Flavio Briatore, the resulting safety car moved team-mate Alonso into contention for the race thanks to an early pit-stop.

Five days before they were due to face the allegations in front of the FIA, world motorsport's governing body, in September 2009, Renault announced they would not contest the charges and that Briatore and executive director of engineering Pat Symonds had left the team.

Renault were handed as suspended disqualification from F1, while Briatore was banned from motor sport indefinitely and Symonds given a five-year suspension, later overturned in a French court.

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