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Renault Suspended from European Grand Prix

July 27, 2009

Renault have been suspended from the next round in Valencia following an incident in yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, where Fernando Alonso lost his right-front wheel.

The stewards in Budapest said that Renault had knowingly let Alonso leave the pits with a loose wheel, which he subsequently lost out on track whilst hobbling back round to the pits.

The incident came a day after Felipe Massa’s crash where he was hit on the helmet by a spring from the suspension of Rubens Barrichello’s car, and a week after the death of Formula Two driver Henry Surtees, who was hit on the head by the wheel of another competitor’s car. The events of the last week have raised concerns over the safety of motorsport.

The suspension means Alonso will not be driving in his home Grand Prix next month.

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