Renault Disqualified, Briatore BannedSeptember 21, 2009
No sooner had I written the previous piece on Nelsongate that news of the verdict over the Renault race fixing hearing taking place came through.
Renault have been handed a 2 year suspended disqualification.
In their release the World Motorsport Council and the FIA said:
“The World Motor Sport Council finds that Renault F1 team members Flavio Briatore, Pat Symonds and Nelson Piquet Jr. conspired to cause a deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. The World Motor Sport Council considers Renault F1’s breaches relating to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to be of unparalleled severity. Renault F1’s breaches not only compromised the integrity of the sport but also endangered the lives of spectators, officials, other competitors and Nelson Piquet Jr. himself.
“The World Motor Sport Council considers that offences of this severity merit permanent disqualification from the FIA Formula One World Championship.”
“However, having regard to the points in mitigation mentioned above and in particular the steps taken by Renault F1 to identify and address the failings within its team and condemn the actions of the individuals involved, 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 this disqualification if Renault F1 is found guilty of a comparable breach during that time.”
“In addition the World Motor Sport Council notes Renault F1’s apology and agrees that the team should pay the costs of the investigation. It also accepts the offer of a significant contribution to the FIA’s safety work.”
Thankfully, Briatore didn’t get away as easily. He has seemingly been banned for life, with the WMC and the FIA declaring that Flavio Briatore is to have no further dealings with anyone in the sport – including the management of any drivers. The decision was reached in light of the fact that Briatore continued to prfess his innocence despite the fact that evidence contradicted him at every turn.
In their damning assessment, the WMC and the FIA remarked that, “For an unlimited period, the FIA does not intend to sanction any International Event, Championship, Cup, Trophy, Challenge or Series involving Mr. Briatore in any capacity whatsoever, or grant any license to any Team or other entity engaging Mr. Briatore in any capacity whatsoever. It also hereby instructs all officials present at FIA-sanctioned events not to permit Mr. Briatore access to any areas under the FIA’s jurisdiction.”
“Furthermore, it does not intend to renew any Superlicence granted to any driver who is associated (through a management contract or otherwise) with Mr. Briatore, or any entity or individual associated with Mr. Briatore. In determining that such instructions should be applicable for an unlimited period, the World Motor Sport Council has had regard not only to the severity of the breach in which Mr. Briatore was complicit but also to his actions in continuing to deny his participation in the breach despite all the evidence.”
Thankfully, this is the end of Flavio Briatore and I for one am relieved. The sport is better off without people like this in it.