Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 04:53:36 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Sat, Sep 5 2009 7:53 pm
Subject: Singapore-gate - F1 Alonso-Renault cheated to win last year's race
Renault summoned to WMSC over Singapore-gate
Renault's worst nightmare has materialised, with the official
confirmation from the FIA that the French manufacturer's Formula 1
team is to be called before the governing body's World Motor Sport
Council (WMSC) later this month regarding the circumstances of
Fernando Alonso's victory in last year's Singapore Grand Prix.
The Spaniard won the event – the inaugural race to be held around the
Far Eastern city-state's Marina Bay street circuit – by pitting
unusually early and then benefitting from a timely safety car period
shortly afterwards that sent his rivals similarly scurrying for the
pit-lane to re-fuel and vaulted him into the lead, having started a
lowly 15th on the grid following engine woes in qualifying.
The safety car period was prompted by an accident for Alonso's then
Renault team-mate Nelsinho Piquet, who had shunted his R28 heavily
into the track's unforgiving barriers. Whilst at the time the
Brazilian had claimed that he had simply been pushing too hard,
causing him to lose the rear of his car, new evidence has since come
to light to suggest that he was ordered by the team to crash and
thereby provide Alonso with an entirely unforeseen opportunity to jump
from the back of the field to the front in one fell swoop.