Briatore and Symonds accept three-year F1 ban in Singapore crash settlement

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Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds have agreed not to pursue further legal action against the FIA over the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix scandal. In exchange for the FIA dropping the case the pair have agreed not to have any “operational role” in Formula 1 until the end of 2012, or any other FIA competition until … Continue reading Briatore and Symonds accept three-year F1 ban in Singapore crash settlement

Renault face Singapore hearing today

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The only foregone conclusion as Renault face the World Motor Sports Council today is what the verdict will be. Having revealed they will not contest the charges they caused a deliberate accident during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, a verdict of ‘guilty’ seems inevitable. But there are many more questions awaiting answers, some of which … Continue reading Renault face Singapore hearing today

David Richards to take over at Renault?

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Much of the reaction to the departures of Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds from Renault have so far been focussed on what it says about the Singaproe crash scandal. But the sudden loss of the managing director and director of engineering means the team are faced with a serious operational problem – assuming, of course, … Continue reading David Richards to take over at Renault?

Should the FIA have offered Pat Symonds immunity – and will he take it?

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A surprising and quite telling development in the FIA’s investigation into the Renault Singapore crash came today as the governing body extended its offer of immunity to Pat Symonds. The clear implication is the FIA believe Symonds know more than he has told them so far – and suspicion will inevitably fall on the next … Continue reading Should the FIA have offered Pat Symonds immunity – and will he take it?

Pat Symonds: exclusive interview

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Pat Symonds, executive director of engineering at Renault, was at the British Motor Show yesterday and I managed to get a brief five minute one-to-one chat with him. He shared his thoughts on Fernando Alonso’s return to the team, Nelson Piquet Jnr’s drive to a surprise second at Hockenheim last weekend, and the team’s technical … Continue reading Pat Symonds: exclusive interview