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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-16 12:42
Subject: F1 boggle
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According to the BBC, it appears that Flavio Briatore of Renault did tell Piquet Jr to crash. At least, Renault have accepted the blame, and Briatore has resigned.

It'll be interesting to find out whether Alonso knew anything at all about this - I would hope not, but who knows. And also what the authorities will throw at Piquet for his actions: this is like a boxer taking a dive, but with the added bonus that it puts everyone else on the track at potential risk.

ETA: Adding links borrowed from oldbloke:
AutoSport: Partial transcript of FIA interview with Pat Symonds (Executive director of engineering)
AutoSport: Briatore and Symonds leave Renault

So they're losing their CEO and CTO. If Renault do get banned for next season (which would be a relatively light penalty), then that releases the '14th' team place for the reborn Sauber.
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Erik V. Olson
User: erikvolson
Date: 2009-09-16 12:20 (UTC)
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It'll be interesting to find out whether Alonso knew anything at all about this

He many not have known when it was ordered, but he knew shortly thereafter -- no secrets on a team.

Penalty is obvious -- bar everyone on that team from F1 competition, forever.
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oldbloke
User: oldbloke
Date: 2009-09-16 12:25 (UTC)
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Piquet was offered immunity for fessing up, IIRC. Not sure who else will want him as a driver, now, though. Not that I ever thought he was good enough for F1...
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irishkate
User: irishkate
Date: 2009-09-16 12:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If this is true Renault should be heavily sanctioned - saying the individuals have left the team is insufficient unless it can be clearly proven that they acted both with out Renault's knowledge and without excessive pressure to act in that way.
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martyn44
User: martyn44
Date: 2009-09-16 13:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am now absolutely convinced that Vince McMahon has taken over F1
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-16 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I had to look him up, but yes, it's almost as though he was doing that.

(But we don't need him, not while the Ferrari International Assistance FIA is running things.)
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Phil
User: hano
Date: 2009-09-16 19:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm still pretty gobsmacked by the whole thing. What on *earth* were they thinking? Speaking of the FIA, what's the take on Ari Vatanen's bid for the presidency?
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oldbloke
User: oldbloke
Date: 2009-09-16 22:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Gets my vote
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