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FIA sets Renault hearing date

The FIA has announced that the International Court of Appeal will meet on August 17 to discuss Renault's appeal into its exclusion from the European Grand Prix.

The appeal was lodged on behalf of the team by the FFSA after Renault was barred from competing in Valencia as punishment for the incident which saw Fernando Alonso lose a wheel from the his car following his opening pit-stop in Hungary.

The team was found to have released Alonso from the pits knowing that his front-right wheel wasn't properly secured and then failed to inform the Spaniard – with the result that the wheel became detached as he made his way back round to the pits.

Renault appealed against the decision, which would see Alonso miss his home race, with the Court of Appeal due to reveal its findings on 18 August – a day after the hearing takes place.



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realfan 10 - Unregistered

July 31, 2009 12:07 PM

Dont get me wrong, I dont wish to see any of them banned, as it deprives the fans of seeing Alonso at home in Spain. Why should Alonso, who was innocent in this to be penalised. FIA need to accept it is an over reaction and are penalising Renault and Alonso for their backing of the breakaway series. It stinks of Mosley getting revenge.

realfan 10 - Unregistered

July 31, 2009 11:40 AM

Both Surtees and Massa's accident were freaks, something the FIA should be able to relate to with their leisure pursuits. The wheel that killed poor Henry was the result of a huge impact from a leading car. If you ban Renault you have to ban Brawn, as theirs looked like poor workmanship and not a mechanical failure, and then you would need to ban Red Bull for sending out Vettel after he reported something was broken. A ten second check when something is broken doesn't constitute a sufficient enough safety check, and then they released Webber into the path of another car. So guys take your blinkers off and leave out the bias.



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