22 Sep 2009

Renault apologises again

6:52 pm on 22 September 2009

Renault have again sent out an apology to Formula One fans following the crashgate saga, which has seen the French manufacturer receive a suspended 2-year ban after being found guilty of race fixing.

It was found that Renault did order their then driver Nelson Piquet junior to deliberatly crash during last year's Singapore Grand Prix to enable his team-mate Fernando Alonso to win.

The team's former boss Flavio Briatore, who resigned over the affair has been given an unlimited ban from the sport.

Renault, who will pay the cost of the FIA investigation, as well as contributing to its safety-related projects, say they accept the council's decision.... the Renault President is Bernard Ray....

While the majority of the Renault team flew out to Singapore over the weekend, the long-term future of the French team remains in doubt.

The team's main sponsor, Dutch bank ING, had already decided to withdraw its support at the end of the season while Renault itself reported losses as a result of falling car sales in the first half of the year.