Flavio Briatore has claimed his decision to leave Renault
F1 was made purely in the interests of the team.
A brief statement on Wednesday announced that Renault
would not dispute the race fix allegations for which it must face an FIA
hearing in Paris Monday, while adding that both team boss Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds had 'left the team'.
It wasn't made clear if the pair had resigned or been fired, but Briatore - who steered Renault
to two world titles with Fernando Alonso
- has made his motives clear.
"I was just trying to save the team. It's my duty,” he told The Mirror
. “That's the reason I've finished."
Speaking separately, Renault
chief Patrick Pelata said that Briatore resigned because he felt 'morally responsible' for the race-fixing incident, which stops short of saying Briatore had any direct involvement - as has been alleged by Nelson Piquet Jr.
Piquet Jr deliberately crashed in the early stages of last year's Singapore Grand Prix, thereby helping team-mate Fernando Alonso
win the team's first race of the year.