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?óÔé¼Ôäós conviction. Meanwhile, the team has revealed … Continue reading Witness X ‘was Alan Permane’
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
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
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”?
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
Nelson Piquet Jnr has issued a statement following the Renault verdict in which he tries to wash his hands of the conspiracy. Rather optimistically, he sets out his case for why he feels he should get an F1 drive in 2010: I can only hope that a team will recognise how badly I was stifled … Continue reading Nelson Piquet Jnr wants F1 return
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?óÔé¼Ôäós breaches relating to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to be of unparalleled severity. Renault F1?óÔé¼Ôäós breaches not only compromised the integrity of the sport … Continue reading Renault escape ban for crash (Poll)
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 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)
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”
An (un-bylined) article in the Daily Express suggests Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds may go unpunished for their role in the Renault crash scandal. Having left Renault, Briatore and Symonds are no longer represented by a licence holder, and so cannot be punished: Although the Council have unlimited power when it comes to imposing a … Continue reading No punishment for Briatore or Symonds?
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?
A two-times F1 world champion like Fernando Alonso has no need of tainted triumphs handed to him in a corrupt fashion.
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?
The Renault F1 team has confirmed it will not contest the FIA’s charges against the team over the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
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?
The rain stayed away and in the Italian Grand Prix we saw Monza in all its glory: soft September sunlight and twitchy race cars with tea-tray rear wings lapping at stunning speed on a circuit steeped in history. And best of all, the place was packed to capacity with some of the most passionate F1 … Continue reading Italian Grand Prix in pictures
Smart strategy and rock-solid pace won the Italian Grand Prix for Rubens Barrichello who led home team mate Jenson Button as Lewis Hamilton crashed out.
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
Drivers’ championship Driver Points 1 Jenson Button 80 2 Rubens Barrichello 66 3 Sebastian Vettel 54 4 Mark Webber 51.5 5 Kimi Raikkonen 40 6 Nico Rosberg 30.5 7 Lewis Hamilton 27 8 Jarno Trulli 22.5 9 Felipe Massa 22 10 Heikki Kovalainen 20 11 Fernando Alonso 20 12 Timo Glock 16 13 Nick Heidfeld … Continue reading Championship standings after Italy