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Briatore and Symonds Leave Renault

Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds have both resigned from their positions at the head of the Renault Formula One Team following accusations they asked Nelson Piquet to deliberately crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

Crash-Gate as it has been coined, has been thrusted through the media heavily and with Briatore and Symonds looking more and more like the culprits, they have decided together with the team that this was the right time to go.

“The ING Renault F1 Team will not dispute the recent allegations made by the FIA concerning the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix,” said a statement from the team.

“It also wishes to state that its managing director, Flavio Briatore and its executive director of engineering, Pat Symonds, have left the team.

“Before attending the hearing before the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on 21 September 2009, the team will not make any further comment.”

Renault’s CEO reckoned that Briatore only stepped down because he felt someone had to take responsibility.

“Piquet had already left and Pat Symonds is gone. Briatore considered he was morally responsible and has resigned.” He told Autosport


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