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Renault to Race in Valencia

August 17, 2009

Renault will race in this weekend’s European Grand Prix after their suspension was overturned by the FIA International Court of Appeal in Paris today.

The team had been issued with a one-race ban after releasing Fernando Alonso from his first pitstop in Hungary with a loose wheel.

The team said that there had been no conscious wrong-doing and that the two mechanics who dealt with the wheel had been unable to notify the pit wall to notify Alonso of the situation.

Renault admitted unsafe conduct, and the court upheld the appeal, issuing the team with a reprimand and a $50,000 fine instead.

The team issued a statement on their website saying: “The ING Renault F1 Team welcomes the decision of the FIA’s International Court of Appeal to lift the team’s suspension from the European Grand Prix. However, the team acknowledges that sporting regulations were breached during the incident in the pit lane of the Hungarian Grand Prix, which compromised safety. The team therefore accepts the decision of the FIA to issue a reprimand and a $50,000 fine is fair and balanced.”

It is expected an announcement will be made over who will replace Nelson Piquet as Alonso’s teammate after he revealed over the summer break that he had been dropped from the team.

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