Organisers of the European Grand Prix have called on the FIA to reconsider the decision to suspend the Renault team from the next round of the F1 season in Valencia.
was suspended from the event following the incident at the Hungaroring which saw a front wheel come away from the car of Fernando Alonso shortly after the double champion – who had led the race early on from pole – completed his first pit stop.
Following on from the incidents that saw F2 racer Henry Surtees killed by a stray wheel and Felipe Massa hospitalised after also being hit by debris from another car, race stewards came down hard on Renault, who were deemed to have released Alonso from the pits despite knowing the wheel wasn't properly attached.
The team has already revealed it will appeal against the decision, but should that appeal fail, then Alonso faces the prospect of missing his home race although Jorge Martinez Aspar – vice-president of event organisers Valmor Sport – said he was hopeful that the Spaniard would be able to race.
“We believe that, while safety is the priority, that it is also necessary to think of the fans,” he was quoted in the Spanish media. “As everyone knows, many of them have bought tickets to see Fernando Alonso race in Valencia. We don't think they should be the ones to pay for this decision.
“It would be a shame if he wasn't in the race and we are confident he could be there, although we recognise it will be difficult after all the other incidents that happened last weekend.”