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Rivals helped Renault

Four rival F1 teams helped Renault overturn a one-race ban that would have forced Fernando Alonso to miss this weekend's European Grand Prix, the sport's governing body revealed on Wednesday.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2009 01:05 IST

Four rival F1 teams helped Renault overturn a one-race ban that would have forced Fernando Alonso to miss this weekend's European Grand Prix, the sport's governing body revealed on Wednesday.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA), publishing the reasoning behind Monday's appeal court verdict said Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Toyota had all written in support of Renault.

It said the court took the letters into account, noting that two teams said they had changed pitstop procedures after the incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix that resulted in the penalty.

The court which changed the suspension into a reprimand and $50,000 fine, said it would “be wrong in the circumstances of this case to ignore the other teams' views”.

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