Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Formula1 :Reeling Renault to continue in F1


Renault will stay in Formula 1 despite damage caused to its reputation by the recent Singapore race-fix scandal.
Submissions made to governing body the FIA during Monday's hearing, where the team got a suspended disqualification from the sport, confirmed their stance.
Renault said that, after consideration, it wanted to "continue to make an important contribution to the sport".
The team have also withdrawn the complaint against former driver Nelson Piquet Jr and his father.
Renault, who now insists it wants to "put this whole affair behind us", had accused the pair of false allegations and blackmail before eventually informing FIA president Max Mosley that the charge of conspiracy levelled at them would not be contested.
This is a black day for us, but it is our intention to draw the line, and to do everything we can to put this sad history behind us
Renault QC Ali Malek
The team were duly given a two-year suspended ban by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) on Monday for ordering Piquet Jr to crash deliberately so that team-mate Fernando Alonso could win the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix following the introduction of a safety car.
Former team boss Flavio Briatore was also banned indefinitely from F1 while ex-engineering chief Pat Symonds has been excluded for five years.
Part of Renault's written submissions read: "Renault F1 and its parent company have given serious consideration as to whether it should remain in the sport following the prejudice caused to its corporate image by the conspiracy, in addition to the existing background of financial pressures that have caused car manufacturers to withdraw.
"But it has concluded that it would like to remain in Formula One and continue to make an important contribution to the sport."
Ali Malek QC, who was representing Renault in front of the WMSC in Paris, added: "We are keen to put this whole affair behind us.
"It was a ridiculous plot, a one-off, and Renault knows nothing like this can ever happen again.
"This is a black day for us, but it is our intention to draw the line, and to do everything we can to put this sad history behind us."
Through Renault has informed French prosecutors of its withdrawn complaints against Piquet Jr and his father - who first alerted Mosley to the race-fix chain of events involving his son - at present it is understood that Briatore has yet to do so.
Malek also insisted Renault [the company] was a victim in terms of the damage done to its reputation, given that the wrongdoing was confined to a trio of employees, and said that the manufacturer could have done nothing to prevent the incident taking place.

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