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Piquet intentionally crashed his car at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to help teammate Fernando Alonso win the race. Piquet, who was fired during the 2009 season, eventually was cleared of wrongdoing while team officials were punished after an investigation by racing’s governing body determined Piquet had been ordered to crash.

On Saturday, Piquet said people often focus on how his F1 career ended instead of what he had achieved to get there.

“People don’t acknowledge everything that I’ve done in my past,” Piquet said.

With that in mind, he’s out to prove himself.

“I don’t mind,” Piquet said. “I said I’ll work back on Trucks and work myself up and here we are. Turner gave me this opportunity, and I got it and won the race. Hopefully, it’ll open the minds of other people.”

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