Renault: got off lightly?

The FIA has today given Renault a two-year suspended ban from Formula 1 for their part in the Crashgate scandal.

Former team boss Flavio Briatore has been banned for life from any FIA-sanctioned event, and any driver associated with the Italian will not have their Superlicence renewed should Briatore still be their manager come the beginning of next season.

So that’s Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Heikki Kovalainen and Romain Grosjean about to terminate Flav’s services.

Ex-technical director Pat Symonds is banned from all FIA events for five years.

It’s a messy end for two very clever, successful men who have had a huge influence on F1, but it’s also a fitting punishment for a pair of cheats.

However, the Renault team seem to have got off lightly, walking away with no more than a nominal slapped wrist.

In 2007, McLaren were fined $100 million for their part in the Spygate fiasco, yet they didn’t endanger anyone’s life, whereas Renault’s actions put not only the life of their young driver Nelson Piquet Jnr at risk, but also those of other drivers, track marshals and so on.

You can’t help but wonder if this punishment fits the crime, in light of the precedent set by the McLaren fine.

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im so bored about this now lol bring on the race this weekend, got friday off college so can watch the practice, cant wait go lewis!!!!

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like ive writen in my posts on this blog its a shame for the sport and as a fan the sport of f1 is at an altime low
it may be a boaring subject but when that car crashed and if someone got hurt maybe one of family or freinds at that race or another somwere around the world trust me it wouldnt be boring then?
and the punnishment handed out wont prevent it either
alot has happend behind the scenes some of wich ive posted and ther will be more to come and without change thercould be worse to come no wonder other works teams wont come near it or laeving for that matter would you want your team racing in this enviroment???????

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THAT’S IT !!!!
I’M SO ANGRY WITH RUNAULT,,,,,I’M NEVER GOING TO EAT ANOTHER CROISANTE,,,,,,NOR SHALL I EVER WEAR A BERRETTE,,,,,,,,,,, AND I’LL EVEN STOP EATING GARLIC.
Oh and i’m never going to watch Ronin again cause there’s some french in it too.
Now where’s my cappochino and bradwurst sandwich !!!!

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Is ‘Witness X’ Alonso? Seems Flav, Pat, Nelson and ‘Witness X’ all knew what was planned – so surely it’s Spanish Fred, must’ve been in on it or he wouldn’t have accepted a 12 lap strategy, surely…

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fedor dont come on a blog and diss people who no what ther talking about. pull ya head out ya a!!e as its clear from your posts you aint got a clue go watch the night garden!!!!!

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clearly you do not now that this is long over, yet you are on about it. race is on this weekend and you mill about racegate.pu..y

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Interesting. The Gentleman with the dark glasses, violin case and selection of dolly-birds has gone. The miss-guided engineer has gone. Suicide Sid who was in the car has gone.
We’re left with a rather embarrassed but otherwise normal F1 team.
Then the bank that sponsors them does one with indecent alacrity.
One wonders how many ING customers are seeing this as a demonstration of how their bank will support them should they ever encounter a difficult situation themselves.
Bankers. Reliable wunch aren’t thay?

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too lite you must be joking 2 whole years alonso will have to find a new team and will probably never return i now hate f1 and will have to find another motor sport to follow

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@137

you do now that alonso has a place with ferrari next year

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The reason Renault got off so lightly was because they admitted guilt for what happened when they were caught. Mclaren lied when they got caught and continued to lie for the next six months until the weight of evidence finally forced them to admit their guilt.

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Can’t believe Piquet Jr. got away untouched. As with an aircraft and pilot, I feel the final responsibility of the car is in the driver’s hands, literally. Doesn’t matter who says what over the radio he had his foot on the pedal. Driver’s have ignored or contested team orders before, not just bent over and did as told, assuming it wasn’t his idea in the first place. Have to agree with Northern_Simon too, good job ING pulled sponsorship; lest banks and car insurance firms be regarded as untrustworthy and unscrupulous…

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