Renault Confirm F1 Future in FIA Letter

Renault have arguably received the lightest penalty one could have decided upon, if we are to consider the serious race-fixing charges undisputed by the French manufacturer to the FIA. Nevertheless, following the WMSC verdict on Monday, rumors started to surface in the media regarding a potential exit from the sport as a result of their damaged image in Formula One.

The French manufacturer decided to put an end to all these allegations and sent an official letter to the FIA earlier this week, in which it confirms it will stand by its commitments inside Formula One despite their involvement in the crash gate.

In addition, the letter shows that Renault will proceed to changing the entire structure of their F1 organization in order for these situations not to occur in the future. If the Enstone based team will be involved in another scandal in the upcoming 2 years, Renault will be kicked out of Formula One with immediate effect.

Renault F1 and its parent company have given serious consideration as to whether it should remain in the sport following the prejudice caused to its corporate image by the conspiracy, in addition to the existing background of financial pressures that have caused car manufacturers to withdraw. But it has concluded that it would like to remain in Formula 1 and continue to make an important contribution to the sport,” said Renault's letter to the FIA.

Renault F1 had no reason to believe that the conspirators were capable of this kind of behavior. Clearly the conspirators acted against the interests of Renault F1 and the sport generally.

If they had applied their minds to their actions, they could not have thought that their actions benefited Renault F1. The acts of the conspirators were so outside what they were employed to do and so contrary to Renault F1's interests, they ought not to be attributed to Renault F1. This is truly a case where the conspirators were on a frolic of their own.”

“Renault F1 will introduce a new structure within the team and will review its internal procedures in an effort to ensure that this type of incident will never happen again,
” added the letter.
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