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Renault F1 Slapped With 2 Year Ban For Throwing Singapore Grand Prix

Posted in FIA, Formula 1, Legal, Newsworthy, Racing, Renault, Safety, Sports Cars, Supercars by Suzanne Denbow | September 21st, 2009 | 1 Response |


Track marshals recover the crashed Renault Formula One car of Nelson Piquet of Brazil during the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, September 28, 2008

This morning, the World Motor Sport Council convened in Paris to hand down the thunder to the ING Renault F1 team. Apparently, an exhaustive internal investigation conducted following Renault F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr’s crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix revealed that the maneuver had been a deliberate one. Piquet, Renault director of engineering Pat Symonds, and Renault team boss Flavio Briatore were charged with purposefully orchestrating the crash in order to propel fellow Renault driver Fernando Alonso to the victory. In the face of the overwhelming evidence both Piquet and Symonds admitted to their guilt, but Briatore is remaining stoic.

Say what you will about the French, but when it comes to their motorsports they don’t dick around. In light of the discovery, the Renault F1 team was sentenced to a two-year suspended ban which will immediately be activated if the WMSC discovers anymore foul play between now and 2011. For his flat denial of any involvement, Briatore earned himself a prime spot on the blacklist. For an unlimited period (read: “Until he comes clean”), the FIA will not sanction any International Event, Championship, Cup, Trophy, Challenge or Series involving Briatore in any capacity whatsoever, or grant any license to any team or other entity engaging Briatore in any capacity whatsoever. To ensure that he is not even granted the privilege of spectating, the WMSC has also banned Briatore from any FIA-sanctioned events, and racing officials have been instructed to deny him access to any areas under the FIA’s jurisdiction. Although somewhat of a non-issue given Briatore’s convenient “retirement” recently, the FIA has also announced it will not renew any Superlicence granted to any driver, entity, or individual who is associated with Mr. Briatore in any personal or professional capacity.

For admitting his participation in the conspiracy, Pat Symonds’ punishment was meted with considerably more leniency and although his ban from the sport is similarly all-encompassing, it is only ordered for a period of 5 years. Piquet apparently sang like a bird and was subsequently pardoned from any disciplinary action in return for his cooperation with the investigation.

Source: FIA
Image Cred: Reuters Pictures

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  1. Calvin says:

    Nelson Piquet Jr & Sr.. should be also made to pay for what they have done. Jr.. should never be allowed to race in F1 anymore,.,. i hope the other teams never sign him up. He is a spineless jerk and also deserves the wrath of FIA. Since he notched up a deal with Bernie, that shouldn’t give him immunity. What are the other FIA stewards doing? Stop wearing flowers on your ears and take some difficult decisions. The cowards (Jr. & Sr.) have caused the Renault team members their jobs and most of all their drive to succeed when the team driver goes against them. There is a question they would want to ask him – How do you sleep and night Mr. Piquet Jr knowing that your ex-team members who supported you in all your races even though you have miserably failed as a driver? And now you drag them down as your failure as a driver is being threatened? Go learn to drive first – then if the other car makers forgive you, they may let you drive in their cars again. For everyones sake — we hope — you never drive a F1 car again.