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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-21 13:15
Subject: F1 shenanigans
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So (according to the Beeb) Renault have been a 2 year ban.

Suspended.

Flavio has been banned from all FIA events for an unlimited period (presumably, that means 'for life).

Symonds has a 5 year ban from F1, and I suspect he feels lucky to only have that much.
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oldbloke
User: oldbloke
Date: 2009-09-21 12:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Think they'll stick around for next season?

I think they probably have to, otherwise it'd be hard to ever come back.
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Alex McLintock
User: alexmc
Date: 2009-09-21 12:52 (UTC)
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Gosh. Not really a lot to say, but, Gosh.


(I note that the ban doesnt start until after next season)
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oldbloke
User: oldbloke
Date: 2009-09-21 14:45 (UTC)
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No, it's suspended, starting now, for 2 years. Like a suspended sentence in a UK criminal court, this means the ban is waiting to be enacted at any point in the next 2 years, if Renault do anything else naughty. If they're good boys for the 2 years, the ban goes away without ever being enacted.
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Alex McLintock
User: alexmc
Date: 2009-09-21 14:50 (UTC)
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Cheers. I misunderstood that.
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martyn44
User: martyn44
Date: 2009-09-21 16:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And for the moron who actually drove his car into a wall putting himself, his competitors, the stewards and - gosh - the paying public at risk? Why, nothing of course, because he is a man of principle who ratted out his mates and employers a long time after the event and then only because he was told what everyone else had known for a long time, that he wasn't good enough for F1 whatever his father had done.

This leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-21 16:09 (UTC)
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That may be so, but on the other hand, without NP coming forward, we'd not know about it at all. And he wouldn't have done so without immunity.

Sometimes, we have to be pragmatic.
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oldbloke
User: oldbloke
Date: 2009-09-21 20:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And he won't be driving an F1 again, I think.

Interestingly, Autosport claims that with only minor reading between the lines, their race report at the time said that his crash was deliberate. I don't always read them, having watched, and I don't recall that; I no longer keep them, so can't check.
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