Singapore Grand Prix Scandal – Briatore and Symonds Out

by F1Fan on September 16, 2009

Flavio Briatore & Pat Symonds

Today’s recent press release from Renault seems to leave no doubt that Nelshino Piquet’s crash at last years inaugural Grand Prix in Singapore was not an accident, but a planned event in order to benefit team-mate Fernando Alonzo.

How many people were actually involved remains to be seen, but heads have already rolled with Managing Director Flavio Briatore and Engineering Director Pat Symonds taking the fall for their part in this scandal. An ignominious end to two long and previously unsullied F1 Careers.

ING Renault F1 Team Statement – 16 September 2009
“The ING Renault F1 Team will not dispute the recent allegations made by the FIA concerning the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
It also wishes to state that its managing director, Flavio Briatore and its executive director of engineering, Pat Symonds, have left the team.
Before attending the hearing before the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on 21 September 2009, the team will not make any further comment.”

While team orders in Formula One have been specifically banned for many years , everyone inside the sport knows that occasionally they play a part, especially when a Drivers Championship is on the line. Sometimes it can be in the form of an overly long pit-stop or an easy pass, occasionally it can be more questionable as in Michael Schumacher’s spin at Monaco some years ago, but if these allegations are indeed true, this deliberate planned action really takes the notion of Team Orders to a completely new level.

While on the surface this incident seems reprehensible, but if Formula One is truly a team sport is Nelshino Piquet’s crash really cheating or just inspired race strategy, albeit rather extreme?

What do you think?

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