Why it's wrong to hate Nelson Piquet Jr

Why it's wrong to hate Nelson Piquet Jr

Nelson Piquet Jr is dismissed by some as a spoiled son of a legend and vilified by others for a Formula 1 scandal forced upon him. Those misconceptions make him motorsport's most misunderstood driver - and are also completely unfair

Not everybody hates Nelson Piquet Jr. But many do love to hate him. The abuse fired at him last month in response to his attempt to return to Formula 3 in the Pau Grand Prix did not go unnoticed.

It prompted Autosport.com editor Glenn Freeman to ask what makes a deliberate crash OK - and why past cheating antics of some of Formula 1's greatest drivers are forgiven, but not the 30-year-old Brazilian. That article was "not something written in defence or support of Piquet". But this is.

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