Piquet Jr turns back on F1

FORMULA ONE: Nelson Piquet Jr, the former Renault driver at the heart of the Crashgate scandal, is set to re-launch his career in NASCAR.

The Brazilian, whose deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix sent shockwaves through motorsport, failed to agree a drive in F1 for next season.

Piquet, who has not revealed whether he will compete in the Truck, Nationwide or Sprint Cup series, said it would be “an awesome challenge”.