Piquet decision shows what's wrong with motorsport

Piquet decision shows what's wrong with motorsport

Nelson Piquet Jr's desire to contest Formula 3's Pau Grand Prix this weekend offered the European Championship a spot in the limelight. The FIA's decision to reject his entry is a foolish own goal, says GLENN FREEMAN

The first thing you do when word of a story like Nelson Piquet Jr entering the Pau Grand Prix round of the Formula 3 European Championship reaches the Autosport office is check the date.

It wasn't April 1 at any point this week, so it was real. The reigning Formula E champion, an ex-Formula 1 driver who last raced in F3 in 2004, really was coming back for a one-off this weekend. Then the fun police stepped in.

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