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Groot kak on the horizon for Renault F1 as Briatore quits

Updated: September 16, 2009


F1 mogul Flavio Braitore has quit the Renault F1 team amid startling allegations of cheating at 2008’s Singapore Grand Prix. Pat Symonds, the team’s director of engineering, has also resigned.

Renault said in a short statement that Briatore and Pat Symonds, the director of engineering, had both left the team ahead of a meeting Monday with the sport’s world ruling body the FIA to explain recent allegations of race-fixing.

Renault wil appear in front of the FIA’s International Motor Sport Council in Paris on September 21 to respond to allegations that Nelson Piquet Jr was asked to crash deliberately, giving a race-winning advantage to team mate Fernando Alonso.


Piquet: Crashing

Renault face being expelled from the sport altogether. The team has denied all of the claims made against them by Piquet junior, who was dismissed by the team in July after being told he had failed to perform to expectations.

But on Wednesday Renault appeared to partly admit some role in the controversy by saying in the statement they “would not contest the FIA’s recent allegations concerning the Singapore Grand Prix”.

Piquet: Junior

Piquet: Junior



  1. F1 Fan

    September 16, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Like my grandmother always used to say: where’s there’s big money, there’s big cheating.


  2. Gino

    September 28, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    And the irony of it all is that the safety car came out again this weekend at Singapore and Alonso ended up on the podium…


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