Renault Issue Statement Regarding Race Fixing Allegations

Leo EvansContributor ISeptember 16, 2009

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Renault F1 Executive Director of Engineering Pat Symonds is seen in the paddock following  practice for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2009 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The Renault Team has today released this statement.

"The ING Renault F1 Team will not dispute the recent allegations made by the FIA concerning the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix."

"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."

This now means that Renault F1 team have, essentially, pleaded guilty to race fixing allegations. The hearing of the WMSC will now only be a formality and to decide Renault's punishment.

But where does this leave Fernando Alonso?

He claims to have had no knowledge of the situation, but, with this latest twist in the tale, will he now admit to have known about the situation and will he be punished?

He may also take advantage of the situation by saying that he doesn't want to be with a team who has cheated as severely as this, therefore giving him the chance to leave Renault and be confirmed as Ferrari driver for 2010.