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Hearing underway in Paris (Updated: Two-year suspended ban for Renault) - The Renault team are charged with race-fixing in 2008

Published by Christine

Today is the day for Renault, then, as they face charges of throwing the Singapore race in favour of Alonso. Renault have already said they aren't contesting the charges, so the only real question is what punishment the FIA will dish out.

AUTOSPORT reports that Alonso has turned up at the FIA Headquarters in Paris this morning and I believe Nelson Piquet Jr is also there.

More updates will appear here throughout the day.

Updated: The FIA have announced that Renault have been given a two-year suspended ban its involvement in the fixing of last year Singapore Grand Prix.

Additionally Flavio Briatore has been banned from motorsport for an unlimited period, whilst Pat Symonds has also been excluded from F1 for five years.

Team president Bernard Rey responded to the outcome with the following:

Today, we fully accept the decision of the Council. We apologize unreservedly to the F1 community in relation to this unacceptable behaviour. We sincerely hope that we can soon put this matter behind us and focus constructively on the future. We will issue further information in the next few days.

Piquet Jnr also issued a statement following the hearing:

I bitterly regret my actions to follow the orders I was given. I wish every day that I had not done it. I don't know how far my explanation will go to making people understand because for many being a racing driver is an amazing privilege, as it was for me. All I can tell you is that my situation at Renault turned into a nightmare.