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The scandal which threatened existence of Renaults in F1 has come to a happy end for Renaults.

Renaults escaped with a light 2 year suspended ban. The WMSC has decided to suspend Renault F1's disqualification until the end of the 2011 season. The World Motor Sport Council will only activate the disqualification if Renault F1 is found guilty of a another comparable breach during that time.

I feel any fines would have ensured Renaults exit from F1, so WMSC has came with the face saving formula in which harsh penalty applied only for Briatore and Symonds.

The reason for light penalty is attributed to Renault admitting its guilt and taking action against former team principal Briatore and director of engineering Pat Symonds. Renault accepting the guilt at the earliest opportunity available also helped the cause.

But the FIA has taken tough action against Briatore and some what lighter penalty to Symonds.

It has been decided that for an 'unlimited period' the FIA will not sanction any event, championship, cup, trophy, challenge or series involving Briatore in any capacity – or grant any licence to a team or entity that is engaged with Briatore.

Briatore will also not be allowed to manage any drivers in F1, with the FIA stating that it will not renew any Superlicence granted to a driver who is associated with Briatore. At the moment Briatore manages Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Heikki Kovalainen, Romain Grosjean and Nelso Piquet in F1. They all will escape from the clutches of Flavio Briatore.

Symonds faces a lighter ban for a period of five years – and will not be allowed at FIA-sanctioned events. The World Motor Sport Council has had regard: (i) to Mr. Symonds' acceptance that he took part in the conspiracy; and (ii) to his communication to the meeting of the World Motor Sport Council that it was to his "eternal regret and shame" that he participated in the conspiracy."

With this it is retirement for Briatore. Symonds too will not get back in to F1 even after 5 years as there will be many more advancement in technology Symonds will be totally out of touch. So it is good bye for Symonds too.

Piquet himself apologised to the FIA for his involvement in the matter, and receives no punishment after being offered immunity in exchange for providing details about the matter. It seems one can murder somebody under instigation and become a witness to escape any punishment. Piquet walks out without any penalty but may find getting in to a team very difficult for his eccentric compliance with the other 2 culprits.

As I expected and believed, FIA ruled that Alonso, who testified at the hearing, was not involved in the Renault race-fix matter.

The verdict is one of face saving for F1 which is expected to stand firm and punish and at the same time ensure Renaults does not quit F1. So it is a win win in public eye. But professionals will have mixed reactiuon to this. What is going to be the stand of Ferrari and Singapore Governement is not known. Hope the issue is over and back to racing.
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Re: WMSC gives Renault 2-year suspended ban penalty.
« Reply #1 on: Sep 23, 09, 12:59 »

I agree, the Renault has escaped lightly with the ban on Falvo and Symonds... The credibility of F1 is restored...

Even Alonso and Nelson Piquet  has been let off which is unfair..

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