FIA summon Renault to WMSC

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Well it wouldn’t be F1 without some controversy or political wrangling and that is what we have today. The FIA, after reviewing the evidence, has summoned Renault to appear before the world Motor Sport council to answer allegations that they purposefully asked Nelson Piquet Jnr. to crash to promote a safety car period to the advantage of his teammate Fernando Alonso.

Is this possible in F1? Well, sure. McLaren taught us that espionage, dirty tricks and underhanded situations do arise in F1 and sometimes it can occur inside and organization without upper managements knowledge. Could Renault have breached the now famed Article 151c? Sure. Have they? That’s another story. The evidence will ahve to be weighed but one would like to think it is compelling evidence to issue a summons before the WMSC. That alone gives some credence to the allegations but it does not mean they are guilty of wrongdoing or subterfuge.

If Renault have indeed done what these allegations have asserted, FIA president Max Mosley will relish this as one last grand scandal and political achievement before exiting his position in October. Mosley loves a good WMSC tribunal and wouldn’t stand for a boring, sedate exit from his post.

If Renault are found guilty, will they pack their bags and leave F1 or pick a fall guy to throw on the grenade like McLaren’s Dave Ryan? Irrespective, the event will have to be viewed in its entirety and impact on the championships and sport. To re-write the outcome now really won’t effect the title as Lewis placed third and Massa retired from the race but some will argue that Massa retired during the safety car period and wouldn’t have otherwise. He pit the Ferrari and then proceeded to drag the entire fuel rig down pit lane effectively ending his battle.

We’ll see what happens but the big questions I would like to know is- will Pat Symonds wear that same light gray suit from the David Nivens collection at JC Penney? Go get ’em Pat!!

Press Release
Extraordinary Meeting of the World Motor Sport Council
04/09/2009

Representatives of ING Renault F1 have been requested to appear before an extraordinary meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Monday, 21 September 2009.

The team representatives have been called to answer charges, including a breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code, that the team conspired with its driver, Nelson Piquet Jr, to cause a deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix with the aim of causing the deployment of the safety car to the advantage of its other driver, Fernando Alonso.

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