Briatore, Symonds step down from Renault

September 16, 2009


There’s an extraordinary story breaking just now, with Formula One team Renault releasing a statement saying they will not contest the charge that last year’s Singapore Grand prix was fixed.

Renault also announced that team boss Flavio Briatore and director of engineering Pat Symonds have left the team.

Briatore and Symonds were both due to appear before the governing International Automobile Federation to answer charges that they ordered Brazilian Nelson Piquet to crash in Singapore a year ago to help Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso win.

If found guilty, the team could be kicked out of the championship.

Piquet, 24, was dropped by Renault in August and has testified to the FIA that he was told when and where to crash during the sport’s first night race in Singapore.

Renault and Briatore had in turn accused the Brazilian and his father, a triple world champion and namesake, of false allegations and attempted blackmail.

Italian Briatore led the team to two Formula One constructors’ and drivers’ championships with Alonso in 2005 and 2006 after also winning titles with Benetton and Michael Schumacher in 1994 and 1995.

A business partner of Formula One’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, with the two co-owning English soccer club Queens Park Rangers, Briatore was also a leading figure in the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA).

PHOTO: Renault Formula One team principal Flavio Briatore walks in the pits during the qualifying session for the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza September 12, 2009. The Italian F1 Grand Prix will take place on September 13. REUTERS/Luca Bruno/Pool


We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see

[…] Grand Prix in Monza September 12, 2009. The Italian F1 Grand Prix will take place on September 13. Read more Share and […]

Posted by Flavio Briatore | Left field » Blog Archive » Renault “will not contest” race-fixing | Report as abusive

Its a fact that stupid cannot be fixed. Too many variables at play to justify the risk of serious injury or death. Maybe a new entry for Darwin Awards.

Posted by Mario Canarin | Report as abusive

This will surely guarantee that Fernando Alonso leaves Renault at the end of the season. Could he go to the Cavallino Rampante?

Posted by alejandro | Report as abusive

Hi Alejandro. There’s a lot of speculation abotu Alonso going to Ferrari and I guess this does just make it even mroe likely. Certainly the future of Renault in the sport looks exceedingly bleak.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

And re Mario’s comment, here’s a link to the Darwin Awards…

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Hello, I want share my thoughts on Singapore grand prix 2009. This Formula 1 race car held in Singapore. For the more details on this Singapore grand prix 2009 like winners, champion, prize money, top drivers list, teams, laps, history, images, gallery, Formula 1 Race Calendar and more visit “”. May be this link helpful. ngapore-grand-prix-2009.html

Posted by Kandukuri Kishore | Report as abusive