Following the departure of Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds, in the wake of the Singapore crash-fix controversy, Renault has broken its silence on the issue - which will be decided in an FIA court next Monday.

With the ING Renault F1 Team having declared that it 'will not dispute the recent allegations made by the FIA concerning the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix', it now appears certain that Nelson Piquet Jr crashed deliberately to aid team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Facing such a serious charge, for which punishment by the FIA could range from a fine to racing ban, Renault's best tactic is to make clear that the offence was committed only by Briatore, Symonds and Piquet Jr - all of whom have now left the team - and hope for a lenient sentence.

"Flavio Briatore considered he was morally responsible and resigned," the BBC reports Renault's chief operating officer Patrick Pelata as having told French radio station RTL.

"We don't want a fault by two people to reflect upon the whole company and the entire F1 team.

"I don't know all the details but there was a fault and a fault requires a sanction," he added.

While the team's future hangs in the balance, Pelata stated that no rash decisions about Renault's involvement in F1 will be taken.

"This is not the debate today. We will have it calmly," he said. "F1 is the world's most-watched show and you have to respect that. F1 has [also] been in the vanguard of progress for car technology."

Meanwhile, company president and CEO Carlos Ghosn has indicated that Renault itself is still trying to find out exactly what happened during F1's first ever night race, which ended in Alonso's first victory of the 2008 season.

"We must examine the facts and look at exactly what happened," he said. "There are investigations under way within the team under the responsibility of Bernard Rey. We are doing them in collaboration with all the F1 authorities. I don't want to rush into an interpretation one way or another."

Renault has won two F1 world titles with Alonso.


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