News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics

Formula 1 Store
F1 Tickets, Tours, Gear
F1 Books
& Biographies

Formula 1 News - September, 2009
Media says Renault admit to race-fixing

F1 Merchandise
Main Page
Formula 1 News
2011 F1 Schedule
2011 F1 Line-up
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Motorsport Shop
Motorsport Calendar

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
NewsOnF1 Blogs
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
Contact Us
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
F1 Team Reports
8 'n' Pole
2010 World Cup
2006 World Cup

Sep.16 (GMM) The media read between the lines of Renault's short media statement issued on Wednesday.

Announcing that the bosses Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds "have left the team", Renault said it "will not dispute" allegations they conspired with Nelson Piquet to rig the outcome of the 2008 Singapore grand prix by faking an accident.

The German press agency DPA said the team had "effectively admitted to race-fixing" ahead of the September 21 hearing of the World Motor Sport Council.

There, in Paris, the Council has the power to impose a range of penalties, including the team's lifetime disqualification.

"Renault will almost certainly plead for clemency ... as they will claim the actions of two men should not affect the employment of nearly 700 other staff within the team," said the Daily Telegraph.

The Times of London agreed: "(The) governing body is likely to accept that, by admitting its guilt and by removing the conspirators, Renault has gone a long way to clearing this matter up."

The Telegraph said it "unclear whether the pair have fallen on their swords or been pushed" by the French carmaker parent, Renault SA.

Ed Gorman, writing for The Times, made the same conclusion about Renault's guilt, explaining that Wednesday's events had turned "one of the worst examples of pre-meditated cheating in the history of professional sport ... from ... lurid allegations to fact".

Even the wire services made no bones about interpreting Renault's statement. Reuters said "Renault admit race-fixing charge", AFP said the team "partly admit some role in the controversy", while PA said Briatore and Symonds have "fallen on their sword".

There are also other ramifications to consider, such as Briatore's co-ownership with Bernie Ecclestone of the London football club Queens Park Rangers, and - depending on the carmaker's reaction or the WMSC sanction - Renault's significant role in GP2 and other motor racing categories.

Former team boss and owner Eddie Jordan told the BBC: "Will the FA (Football Association) allow him (Briatore) to continue to run a club?"

"As a normal person on the street I think this is a clear-cut admission and I am surprised," he added, explaining that after decades in motor racing, he "can't comprehend" ordering a driver to crash.

Discuss this topic on NewsOnF1 Forums

10 'n' Pole Competition - Register

Latest Formula 1 News Headlines
14 Apr: F1 should 'applaud' Pirelli 'risk' for 'show' - de la Rosa
14 Apr: Stuck tells Mercedes to design 'new chassis'
14 Apr: Happy Buemi pushes to keep Toro Rosso seat
14 Apr: McLaren lineup good for 'five more years' - Whitmarsh
14 Apr: Di Resta gets initial practice for first time in 2011
14 Apr: Reports say Sam Michael's Williams role in doubt
14 Apr: Andretti opposes 2013 rules, Todt visits Ferrari
14 Apr: Kovalainen not looking for Team Lotus switch
14 Apr: Red Bull step 'significant' for Shanghai - Marko
14 Apr: Chinese official calls Vettel 'Fernando Alonso'
14 Apr: F1 teams warned before Shanghai race
13 Apr: Ecclestone decides 3pm GP start on India visit
13 Apr: Bahrain steps up push for new 2011 GP date
13 Apr: Interlagos run-off to be ready for 2011 race
13 Apr: Sepang 'fascinating' not confusing - Coulthard
13 Apr: Virgin must speed up to stay ahead of HRT - Glock
13 Apr: Razia and Valsecchi to drive Lotus cars on Friday
13 Apr: Horner vows to get Webber back into 2011 fight
13 Apr: Montezemolo wants Alonso for PM, no job for Massa
13 Apr: Hulkenberg eyes 2012 Force India race seat

The latest Formula 1 News

Back to the main news page

Back To Top

F1 Tickets
2011 Chinese F1 GP
2011 Canadian F1 GP
2011 Spanish F1 GP
MotoGP Tickets
2011 Spanish MotoGP
2011 Catalunya MotoGP
2011 French MotoGP
more Motorsport Tours & Holidays

Official 2010 F1 Season Review

Autocourse 2010 Annual

F1 Merchandise US

F1 Merchandise UK

Formula 1 Yearbooks

Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers