With speculation rife in the paddock surrounding Piquet Jr, Renault and the Singapore 2008 Grand Prix, the team have announced today that they are taking legal action against both Piquet Jr and Snr.

In the statement they said:

“The FIA has announced that it is to hold an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (‘WMSC’) on 21 September 2009. The ING Renault F1 Team is to attend that meeting and answer allegations that members of the team conspired with Nelson Piquet Jnr to cause a deliberate accident at the 2008 Singapore GP, so that Fernando Alonso might benefit from the resulting safety car.”

“The ING Renault F1 Team had not commented publicly during the FIA’s initial investigation into this matter.”

“However, today the ING Renault F1 Team and its Managing Director Flavio Briatore personally, wish to state that they have commenced criminal proceedings against Nelson Piquet Junior and Nelson Piquet Senior in France concerning the making of false allegations and a related attempt to blackmail the team into allowing Mr Piquet Jnr to drive for the remainder of the 2009 season. The matter will also be referred to the Police in the UK.”

This follows a day after documents were leaked showing the case file for the upcoming hearing.