5 Sep 2009

Renault to face FIA hearing for crash in Singapore

4:11 pm on 5 September 2009

Renault have been told they must appear before an extraordinary hearing of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council to answer charges that they caused a deliberate crash in last year's Singapore Grand Prix.

The meeting will take place on September 21 when team officials will be asked to account for Nelson Piquet's crash in the night race, after suspicions were raised that the accident was intentional with the aim of helping team-mate Fernando Alonso win.

Alonso's victory in Singapore came after he had enjoyed the advantage of refuelling just before Piquet's crash, which introduced the safety car period.

Piquet has denied all suggestions that he was ordered to crash and has insisted that he spun off because he was pushing too hard.

Piquet was dismissed by Renault last month and has been outspoken in his criticism of the team and team boss Flavio Briatore, describing the Italian as his executioner.

Former world champions Renault have already been in the FIA dock this season.

They were banned for one race after a wheel flew off Alonso's car at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

However, the suspension, which would have ruled Alonso out of his home race in Valencia in August, was lifted on appeal.