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Renault Could Be In Serious Trouble Over Race Fixing Allegations

The Renault Formula One Team could face massive charges, and even permanent suspension from Formula One if they are found guilty of fixing the result of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

This news has emerged after the Belgian Grand Prix, where an un-named source alleged to be Nelson Piquet, told officials that he was forced to crash his Renault in the race to allow Fernando Alonso to take the lead behind the safety car after his final pitstop thus taking him to easy race victory.

While Renault feverently deny any such allegations, when you look again at the race you have to say the evidence is pointing the finger at the French manufacturer.

Bernie Ecclestone tells more in an exclusive interview with a British newspaper;

“The FIA has launched a thorough investigation into the allegations about Nelson.  I do not know if they are true or not.

“But if they are true then I would have thought Nelson was in just as much trouble. If I tell you to go and rob a bank and you get caught you can’t say, ‘Well Bernie told me to.’

“It all seems very strange to me and I do not know the truth.”

“If the investigation finds out that that is what happened then I think there is going to be a lot of trouble,” he said. “You hear of these things happening with jockeys and in football and it has led to all sorts of trouble, hasn’t it?

“If it is true then it is a very serious situation. But it could just be a rumour and Nelson is just annoyed that he has been fired.

“But it is not good for the sport. People seem to be spending money betting on F1, which is good, but they will not want to do that if they think something is wrong with the result.”

There have been many incidents of fixing recently with the blood-gate scandal rocking British Rugby, and Kieran Fallon the top horse racing jockey who returns to the sport very soon after being suspended from riding after throwing multiple races.


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