Meanwhile Jaime Alguersuari continued his appearances in the World Series by Renault at the Nurburgring this weekend. But elsewhere in motor racing all eyes are still on the Renault case.
“Paddock sources say the Finn, 29, has signed an outline agreement to return to the car he won the world title with in 2007.”
Jaime Alguersuari is fourth in the World Series by Renault with one double-header round remaining. But the title has already gone to Bertrand Baguette who, disappointingly, is not French but Belgian. Alguseruari is nine points behind second-placed Charles Pic and two behind James Walker. The final round is at the impressive new Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain, and is on the weekend between the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.
"Ari Vatanen, the Finn who is standing for election as Max Mosley's replacement at the head of the sport's ruling body, told The Sunday Telegraph that he would be calling for "a total break" with the current regime, claiming that council members such as Ecclestone and Di Montezemolo should not be empowered to sit in judgement over other teams when they have "vested interests" in the outcome."
"The Formula One grid is becoming worryingly short of "grandee names" and the officials do not wish to lose another in Renault. This is the deeply ironic fashion in which the governing body will claim to be protecting the sport's future. In many ways it will be the gross conclusion this gross episode deserves. Let them govern – or as it will be, "not govern" – their sordid games. Let the world turn off in disgust. "
Martin Brundle: "F1 needs characters like Briatore but what unfolded in Singapore was stupid. Desperate men do desperate things. Renault were not winning and were not happy, and it was an ING-sponsored race, and they were also the team’s primary sponsor. Ironically, they would win the next grand prix in Japan fair and square but at the time that seemed a distant hope."
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