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Monday, September 21, 2009

Suspended sentence for Renault while Briatore, Symonds banned

Due to mitigating circumstances, Renault have been given a two-year suspended sentence for its role in Nelson Piquet’s crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix scandal.

FIA World Motor Sport Council Hearing in Paris.

Renault benefited from taking action to address the situation within the team, mainly parting ways with team boss Flavio Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds.

The FIA put an unlimited ban on Briatore from sanctioned events, while Symonds is excluded for five years.

The FIA further stated it will not grant a license to any team Briatore has involvement with or a Superlicense to any driver he represents. The Italian currently manages Alonso and Mark Webber.

Piquet received immunity, but is likely unemployable in Formula 1, according to many experts. Fernando Alonso, the beneficiary of Piquet’s actions in Singapore, was cleared of involvement.

Renault accepted the decision. The French concern has yet to comment about its F1 future. Title sponsor ING is set to pull out at the end of the year, according to the BBC.

The FIA statement

Renault’s statement

In other FIA news…

The FIA will allow engine equalization for 2010, but will accomplish it by reducing the performance of the better engines rather than allowing teams to re-tune engines to increase performance.

It also released a 19-race 2010 calendar which includes Canada and South Korea.

3/14 Bahrain
3/28 Australia
4/4 Malaysia
4/18 China
5/9 Spain
5/23 Monaco
5/30 Turkey
6/13 Canada*
6/27 Europe (Valencia)
7/11 Great Britain
7/25 Germany
8/1 Hungary
8/29 Belgium
9/12 Italy
9/26 Singapore
10/3 Japan
10/17 Korea
10/31 Abu Dhabi
11/14 Brazil

* tentative

The FIA statement

Singapore Grand Prix - team and driver preview quotes
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1 comment:

kartmag said...

Letting aside all these administrative details, Formula One is a great race to watch. Most past and present F1 drivers, which represent the “creme de la creme” of the car racing world, trained on and became experts at kart racing, or karting, in their younger days.

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