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Renault summoned by FIA to explain Singapore Grand Prix crash

Doesn’t it seem odd to be investigating an incident that happened almost one year ago? From AP-

Renault was summoned by Formula One’s governing body to a hearing into allegations that the team deliberately caused a crash to win a race last season.

The French team was called to appear before the World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Sept. 21, FIA said Friday.

The French team is accused of ordering former driver Nelson Piquet Jr. to crash during last year’s Singapore Grand Prix in order to deploy the safety car, which aided teammate Fernando Alonso. The Spanish driver went on to win the race.

Renault could be fined, banned or even excluded from the world championship if found guilty.


FIA started the investigation after the claim was made by Brazilian TV station Globo during Sunday’s Belgian GP.

You have to assume there is something to substantiate these claims. F1A wasted no time disciplining Rennault for an incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix last July.

Piquet Jr. was fired by Renault last month after 1 1/2 seasons with the team. The Brazilian driver complained about unequal treatment by team principal Flavio Briatore compared to his two-time world champion teammate.

Is a disgruntled Piquet the cause of this investigation? It will be interesting to follow this developing story

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