Renault 'race-fix' scandal timeline
Timeline of the Renault Singapore Grand Prix 'race-fix' scandal after the shock resignation of team principal Flavio Briatore on Wednesday.india Updated: Sep 21, 2009 19:39 IST
Timeline of the Singapore Grand Prix 'race-fix' scandal after the World Motor Sports Council banned Renault at a meeting in Paris on Monday:
Sept 28, 2008
- Fernando Alonso, who started from 15th place on the grid, wins Singapore Grand Prix benefitting from the deployment of the safety car following Renault teammate Nelson Piquet junior's crash. Alonso had already pitted and was left at the front once the safety car period ended.
July 26, 2009
- On the sidelines of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Nelson Piquet senior, a former triple world champion, tells the FIA that his son, whose hold on his Renault drive is looking increasingly tenuous, is ready to make damning revelations over the Singapore accident.
- Nelson Piquet junior is sacked by Renault F1.
- During the Belgian Grand Prix, Brazilian TV station Rede Globo reveals that the FIA has launched an inquiry into Piquet's accident.
- FIA orders Renault F1 to appear before the World Motor Sports Council in Paris on September 21 to respond to allegations of cheating.
- Piquet's evidence to the FIA is leaked to the media. The driver alleges that Renault team chief Flavio Briatore and chief engineer Pat Symonds ordered him to crash at the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008.
- FIA chief Max Mosley announces that Renault could be kicked out of the world championship if it is proved they cheated. He adds that Piquet junior will be offered immunity from punishment if he collaborates. Renault accuse their former driver of blackmail and launch criminal proceedings against Piquet and his father.
- Briatore and Symonds quit Renault F1 while the team announce they will not contest the allegations they'll face on September 21.
- Renault chief Patrick Pelata admits affair has been a massive blow for his company
- International Automobile Federation (FIA) hands Renault Formula One a suspended ban at a hearing in Paris. The threat of a permanent ban is left hanging over the team if they are found guilty of a similar charge before the end of the 2011 season