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Briatore and Symonds Leave Renault

September 16, 2009

Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds today left Renault after the team announced it would not be disputing the allegations that driver Nelson Piquet deliberately crashed at last year’s Singapore Grand Prix.

The Renault team issued a statement saying:

“The ING Renault F1 Team will not dispute the recent allegations made by the FIA concerning the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

“It also wishes to state that its managing director, Flavio Briatore and its executive director of engineering, Pat Symonds, have left the team.

“Before attending the hearing before the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on 21 September 2009, the team will not make any further comment.”

Piquet’s crash resulted in a safety car, and as teammate Alonso had already pitted he was able to take the lead, and eventually win the race.

After Piquet was dropped from Renault following the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, it emerged that he had allegedly been told in a meeting with both Briatore and Symonds prior to the race, to cause the crash, where, and on what lap.

A statement made by Piquet, telemetry details and radio transmissions were leaked to the press at the Italian Grand Prix last weekend, which led to Renault’s announcement that it would take legal action against Piquet and his father.

Despite the fact both have left,  Renault will still appear in Paris on Monday, as it is the team who are charged with the race fixing allegations.

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