Bye Bye Briatore: The Renault Scandle Continues

Willem de ZwijgerContributor ISeptember 16, 2009

VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 24:  Nelson Piquet Jnr of Brazil and Renault and David Coulthard of Great Britain and Red Bull Racing in action during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on August 24, 2008, in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

I have never really liked Briatore. Well, at least ever since I saw how hot his girlfriend was.

However, he was undoubtedly one of the giants of F1. After all, it was only two months ago that he was leading the charge to set up a breakaway Drivers Championship. Now, him and his assistant Pat Symonds are the highest profile casualties of the scandal to grip Formula 1.

It was only a few days ago that Renault seemed to be ready to take legal action against Piquet and his father. With hindsight, this seems to have been an incredibly foolish considering that they will now no longer contest the race fixing charges levelled against them.

However, most worryingly for Briatore is the fact that Symonds is now prepared to testify against his old boss, after being granted immunity by the the FIA against prosecution.

Though it remains to be seen what the FIA will do, it is doubtful that they will treat Briatore leniently particularly after his leading  role in the possible formation of a breakaway F1 championship.

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects to this saga would have been the effect that it would have had on last years championship. Massa was leading the race at the time and ended up with nothing, whilst Hamilton finished in third. Furthermore, why would Renault think it would be a good idea to cheat in order to help Alonso, whom had relatively little chance of winning the championship?