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Renault F1 given 2yr suspended ban

Renault's Formula One team was given a two-year suspended ban by...

September 22, 2009 7:33 by

Renault’s Formula One team was given a two-year suspended ban by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Monday after a 90-minute hearing into the car maker’s part in fixing the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, reported CNN.

The FIA’s 26-strong World Motor Sport Council discussed allegations by former Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. that he was instructed to crash intentionally.

As a result, former team boss Flavio Briatore was banned from all FIA events indefinitely, while ex-engineering director Pat Symonds was excluded from the sport for five years.

A statement on the FIA official website 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 but also endangered the lives of spectators, officials, other competitors and Nelson Piquet Jr. himself.”

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