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Thursday, September 24, 2009

More Renault fallout

Bernie Ecclestone thinks the FIA got it right where Renault was concerned, but that Flavio Briatore’s penalty is too harsh and he should appeal.

Monaco Formula One Grand Prix: Qualifying

“There were three people who knew what was going on and that is it. No one else was involved. Those people have been dealt with – in my view quite harshly in [regards to] Flavio. I don't think it was necessary, but I was on the commission so I am probably just as guilty as anyone else. On reflection it wasn't necessary,” AUTOSPORT quotes the F1 ringmaster.

But he said the Italian could have done much for his own cause had he been truthful about the plot.

“Honestly, I am a friend of Flavio's. He has just handled the whole thing badly. He could have handled it in a completely different way, and they would have said, ‘you were a naughty boy’ and that would have been the end of it.”

Meanwhile, Renault took a pair of hits today as two sponsors, including title sponsor ING, terminated their contracts with the team with immediate effect.

Driver Fernando Alonso says it is time to put the scandal behind them.

“What happened is the past, and now it is the present and the future. It has been difficult times for the team maybe but that's the past. Now it's behind us and we move on. Let's concentrate on this race in Singapore, then next weekend in Japan, and life continues so it is time to get some results again. The past is clear, it is right that everything is settled, and it is finished for us,” ITV-F1 quotes the Spaniard.

With Briatore banned from the sport, Mark Webber finds himself without a manager. Perhaps taking a cue from teammate Sebastian Vettel, the Red Bull driver says he will now manage himself.

“I had Flavio looking after me for 11 years and I never looked at the contract since I signed on the first day and there is not many people in the paddock you can do that with. He has been sensational for me and I won't work with anyone else in the future if I can't work with him,” Sky quotes Webber.

Briatore also managed Heikki Kovalainen, Romain Grosjean and Alonso.

Bernie loves New York

Bernie Ecclestone continues to look for a return to the United States, and once again pushed for New York as his ideal destination.

“We are getting there. All in different places, we will see which one comes first,” Racer reports he said.


“Obviously Manhattan. I will tell when it happens if I can do it or not. We were told we couldn't do a race in Singapore.”

BMW Sauber’s new owners turn to Ferrari

Mario Theissen said the current BMW Sauber team will use Ferrari power next season as it passes to its new owners.

The team is still not guaranteed a place in the 2010 championship.

Theissen also defended the commitment of the team’s new owners, and while he is employed by BMW, left open the possibility he could stay with the F1 team at the end of the season.

“My personal future is fully open and I will keep it open until the end of the season. It wouldn’t be helpful to mix up my own situation with all the efforts to secure the future of the team. I’m not concerned. There will be time later this year,” ITV-F1 reports he said.

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