Renault thinking of letting Flavio Briatore go amid ’crash-gate’ scandal
By now, you’ve probably heard of the latest scandal circulating around the F1 paddocks these days.
If you haven’t, here’s a brief refresher course. Recently sacked Renault driver, Nelson Piquet Jr. released a statement saying that he was instructed to intentionally crash his car at last year’s Singapore Grand Prix in order for teammate Fernando Alonso to move ahead of the pack and win the race.
Now, a hearing is scheduled to take place on September 21 to determine whether or not Piquet Jr’s statement really did happen. For their part, Renault team bosses Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds have vehemently denied any wrongdoing and attributed their former drivers attempt to smear their team as a sign of retaliation after being unceremoniously fired last month.
But recent developments have showed that Renault just might be doing more than just covering up their actions after word got out that Renault is thinking of replacing Briatore for Frederic Vasseur, the team boss of ART in the GP2 league.
The move is being seen as a sign that Renault is trying to appease the World Motor Sports Council.
It’s a surprising move by Renault, which to be honest, sounds like they’re doing it just to alleviate – or lessen – whatever penalties the WMSC may impose on them.
In the event that it actually happened, it puts a black eye on the Singapore GP’s inaugural race, a history-making event due to it being the first-ever night race in F1 history, and worse than that, puts this year’s race, which will happen at the tail-end of September, under some serious scrutiny.
Source: Motor Sport