Among all the fuss created by Nelson Piquet Jr's attempted entry into last weekend's Formula 3 Pau Grand Prix, there was a surprising subplot that developed.
While there was plenty of support for Piquet for wanting to do something cool on a rare weekend off - a throwback to a bygone era of racing driver - there was also a backlash from some fans over his part in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix Renault crash scandal. But he's hardly the only driver to have crashed on purpose.
This is not something written in defence or support of Piquet. But there are other high-profile cases involving far more famous drivers who have been known to cause a deliberate accident. It seems that over time these drivers were forgiven, or their indiscretions forgotten, so why not treat Piquet the same way?