It’s the 18th August 2009, and this is F1Minute.
Moments after I posted yesterday’s news update, the FIA revealed the results of Renault’s appeal hearing. The ban for the upcoming European Grand Prix was overturned, and the team were fined $50,000 and received a reprimand instead. The FIA statement said that Renault admitted they had breached the regulations with the unsafe release of the car, but they felt the penalty was too harsh.
Now, Alonso will be allowed to race at his second home Grand Prix, and he will be joined by Romain Grosjean. Renault confirmed the news today, with Briatore taking the high ground and thanking Piquet for his time in the car, whilst welcoming Grosjean as an “impressive young talent.”
Finally, Massa has revealed he hopes to be back in the car by the time the Brazilian Grand Prix takes place in October. He knows that it is in the hands of the doctors, but would like to be ready for his home race.
That’s all for today, please join me tomorrow for another F1Minute.
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