FIA president Max Mosley has revealed that Nelson Piquet Jr would be immune from punishment in the Singapore race fixing row should he be found to have told the truth to World Motor Sport investigators.
The war of words between Piquet and former employer Renault F1 escalated on the opening day of the Italian Grand Prix, with the team's announcement that it was to take legal action against the Brazilian being met with a staunch denial of wrongdoing.
Piquet claimed, in an earlier statement to FIA investigators, that he had been asked to deliberately crash out of last year's Singapore Grand Prix in order to help team-mate Fernando Alonso's outrageous strategy lead to a much-needed victory for the under-pressure Renault team - an action that could lead to the regie
being suspended from F1.
The team had maintained a strict silence until day one at Monza, when it revealed that it would be taking both Piquet and his three-time world champion father to court amid allegations that the pair had attempted to blackmail it into keeping the younger Brazilian on board for the remainder of 2009. Piquet had been fired following the Hungarian GP, after a season-and-a-half of lacklustre performances.
The 24-year old, however, insists that he is telling the truth about the incident in Singapore - something that, according to Mosley, would give him immunity from any redress should Renault be found guilty of attempting to fix the result of the race.
"I confirm that I have co-operated fully and honestly with the sport's governing body," the latest statement from Piquet read, "Because I am telling the truth, I have nothing to fear, whether from the ING Renault Team or Mr Briatore. And, whilst I am well aware of the power and influence of those being investigated, and the vast resources at their disposal, I will not be bullied again into making a decision I regret."
Mosley confirmed that Piquet would be granted if he told the truth, following the precedent set by a similar offer to the McLaren drivers if they spoke out against their team during 2007's infamous 'Spygate' scandal, but insisted that Renault remained innocent until proven guilty.
"He has been told that, if he tells us the truth, then he will not be proceeded against individually," Mosley told Reuters
reporters at Monza, the Italian Grand Prix,
"We are in a situation at the moment where we have heard one side of the story and have investigated to the best of our ability. Now we are waiting for Renault's side of the story.
"It is only when we have got both sides, and both of them have been heard, that one can actually reach a conclusion. In most places, you assume someone is innocent until they are proven guilty. And that is the situation we are in at the moment."