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FIA call extraordinary meeting of the WMSC // Renault are asked to answer charges of race-fixing

Published by Mr. C

The ING Renault F1 team have been summoned to appear before the World Motor Sport Council in Paris on the 21st September. This afternoon the FIA put out the following statement:

Representatives of ING Renault F1 have been requested to appear before an extraordinary meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Monday, 21 September 2009.

The team representatives have been called to answer charges, including a breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code, that the team conspired with its driver, Nelson Piquet Jr, to cause a deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix with the aim of causing the deployment of the safety car to the advantage of its other driver, Fernando Alonso.

The hearing will take place the Monday prior to this year's Singapore Grand Prix.

Updated: Renault have responded to the FIA's request to appear before the WMSC:

The ING Renault F1 Team acknowledges the FIA's request for representatives of the team to appear before the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on the 21st of September 2009.

Before attending the hearing, the team will not make any further comment.