It just wouldn’t be Formula 1 racing if not for the drama, right? Crashgate refers to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix-the first F1 race held at night. Ferrari driver Felipe Massa started the race from pole. Former F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso, driving for Renault started from 15th, seemed a non-factor in the race. Alonso pitted early, and then on lap 13 Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. spun his car into the wall at over 100mph, bringing out the safety car, wrecking the pit strategies of the front-runners.
With Alonso’s early pit-stop ahead of the safety car, he was able to win the race. Sound fishy? The FIA thought so too. The World Motor Sport Council found Renault F1 guilty of conspiracy and race fixing. The team was also handed a two year disqualification from F1, suspended. Meaning if they screw up again, they are out.