Witness X ‘was Alan Permane’

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Has the mystery of who was Renault’s ‘Witness X’ been solved? According to this morning’s “Daily Mail” the team’s chief race engineer Alan Permane was the fourth witness who provided incriminating evidence to the FIA: Alan Permane was Witness X, the Renault employee whose crucial evidence contributed to Briatore?s conviction. Meanwhile, the team has revealed … Continue reading Witness X ‘was Alan Permane’

ING and Mutua Madrilena drop Renault

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The FIA felt Renault’s deliberate crash in last year’s Singapore Grand Prix was hardly worth punishing. But two of the biggest names on the teams’ cars no longer wish to be tainted by association with the team’s flagrant act of cheating. Title sponsors ING jumped ship within hours of Mutua Madrilena abandoning the team. Neither … Continue reading ING and Mutua Madrilena drop Renault

Do F1 drivers help decide strategies? Alonso doesn’t, Hamilton does

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Did Fernando Alonso know about Renault’s conspiracy to cause a crash in last year’s Singapore Grand Prix? That question has provoked a huge amount of discussion here at F1 Fanatic and on other F1 sites. A crucial part of the debate hinges on whether drivers like Alonso are handed their strategies by the team, or … Continue reading Do F1 drivers help decide strategies? Alonso doesn’t, Hamilton does

Who is Renault’s “Witness X”?

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The FIA has formally published the widely-leaked evidence relating to Renault’s Singapore trial, along with various other documents including a 76-minute recording of the discussion at yesterday’s World Motor Sports Council meeting. The material can be downloaded from the FIA website. Although there isn’t much in the documents that hasn’t already been made public, there … Continue reading Who is Renault’s “Witness X”?

Mosley says Renault got the ‘harshest penalty’ but hardly anyone agrees

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Max Mosley refused to acknowledge the craven manner in which the FIA backed down from punishing Renault yesterday. He insisted the team received “the harshest [penalty] we can impose”, which was patently false given that they kept all the points and money earned by their ill-gotten victory, and have not been banned from any events. … Continue reading Mosley says Renault got the ‘harshest penalty’ but hardly anyone agrees

Renault escape ban for crash (Poll)

2009 F1 season

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The FIA used strong words to describe how Renault conspired to cause a deliberate crash to win the Singapore Grand Prix. It said: The World Motor Sport Council considers Renault F1?s breaches relating to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to be of unparalleled severity. Renault F1?s breaches not only compromised the integrity of the sport … Continue reading Renault escape ban for crash (Poll)

Renault face Singapore hearing today

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The only foregone conclusion as Renault face the World Motor Sports Council today is what the verdict will be. Having revealed they will not contest the charges they caused a deliberate accident during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, a verdict of ‘guilty’ seems inevitable. But there are many more questions awaiting answers, some of which … Continue reading Renault face Singapore hearing today

Renault’s 3-seat F1 car in Russia (pictures)

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Renault face the wrath of the FIA shortly but for the time being they’re still out there spreading the F1 gospel in distant lands it hasn’t reached yet. This weekend Romain Grosjean and Adam Khan visited Sochi in Russia, which is hosting a major economic forum. I must confess I didn’t know Renault had a … Continue reading Renault’s 3-seat F1 car in Russia (pictures)

Singapore Grand Prix organiser says: “There’s no such thing as bad publicity”

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The Singapore Grand Prix organisers say they are not concerned that the Renault scandal has detracted from last year’s inaugural F1 race. Singapore GP CEO Michael Roche told F1 Fanatic: They say that there is no such thing as bad publicity. The governance of Formula 1 is strictly the responsibility of the FIA. However the … Continue reading Singapore Grand Prix organiser says: “There’s no such thing as bad publicity”

Did more foul play by Renault scupper Schumacher in the 2006 title decider?

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Following Renault’s admission that Nelson Piquet Jnr crashed during the Singapore Grand Prix last year to help Fernando Alonso win, you have to wonder whether anything similar has happened before. In the 2006 title-decider at Interlagos, Michael Schumacher’s slim title chances were ruined when he made contact with Alonso’s then team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella. Did Flavio … Continue reading Did more foul play by Renault scupper Schumacher in the 2006 title decider?

David Richards to take over at Renault?

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Much of the reaction to the departures of Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds from Renault have so far been focussed on what it says about the Singaproe crash scandal. But the sudden loss of the managing director and director of engineering means the team are faced with a serious operational problem – assuming, of course, … Continue reading David Richards to take over at Renault?

Should the FIA have offered Pat Symonds immunity – and will he take it?

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A surprising and quite telling development in the FIA’s investigation into the Renault Singapore crash came today as the governing body extended its offer of immunity to Pat Symonds. The clear implication is the FIA believe Symonds know more than he has told them so far – and suspicion will inevitably fall on the next … Continue reading Should the FIA have offered Pat Symonds immunity – and will he take it?

Italian Grand Prix result

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1. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes 2. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes 3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 4. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes 5. Fernando Alonso, Renault 6. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes 7. Nick Heidfeld, BMW 8. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault 9. Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari 10. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota 11. Timo Glock, Toyota 12. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 13. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari … Continue reading Italian Grand Prix result