Fernando Alonso

Renault Ban Overturned, Valencia Celebrates Alonso’s Return

by F1Fan on August 18, 2009

I bet the organizers of the European Grand Prix gave a big sigh of relief with the announcement that the ban on the Renault F1 team racing at the Valencia circuit this coming weekend has been overturned by the FIA’s International Court of Appeal.

The confirmation that Fernando Alonso will be racing at Valencia will no doubt dramatically increase ticket sales as his participation always draws a large crowd of local Spanish Fans.

The ban on Renault was originally imposed by the race stewards after the incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Alonso’s front right side wheel was not properly secured and flew off the car.

However while this ban was overturned, Renault did not get off scott free, with the FIA imposing a monetary punishment which Renault accepted as fair and balanced:

The ING Renault F1 Team welcomes the decision of the FIA’s International Court of Appeal to lift the team’s suspension from the European Grand Prix. However, the team acknowledges that sporting regulations were breached during the incident in the pit lane of the Hungarian Grand Prix, which compromised safety. The team therefore accepts that the decision of the FIA to issue a reprimand and a $50,000 fine is fair and balanced. The ING Renault F1 Team now looks forward to concentrating on preparations for racing this weekend in Valencia.

With preparations for Valencia well under way Renault also announced the much anticipated replacement for Nelshino Piquet following Piquets lackluster performance during this season, appointing Romain Grosjean as the second driver racing alongside Fernando Alonso for the balance of the season.

I am very proud that the Renault F1 Team has given me the chance to become a race driver. I’m looking forward to driving the R29 and helping the team get the best results possible. It’s also an honour to be Fernando’s teammate and to make my Formula One debut alongside a double world champion is especially motivating.

Romain already has an impressive motor sport career winning the French Formula Renault title in 2006, the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2007 and the GP2 Asia series in 2008. This year Romain has been Renaults third driver attending all of the Grand Prix in addition to competing in the GP2 series where he had already racked up two victories.

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Conrad August 18, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Sounds like they made a good business decision.

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