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.
Many cannot forgive Piquet for his deliberate crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. It's the elephant in the room that makes many believe Piquet's subsequent journey from F1 exile to Formula E champion, via career purgatory, is insignificant.