Symonds Offered Immunity in the Crash-Gate

After Nelson Piquet Jr., Renault's head of engineering Pat Symonds was also offered immunity from punishment by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) if he'll offer full disclosure on what happened during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, as shown in a report from British magazine Autosport. Does anyone think this is not an attempt to bring down Flavio Briatore!?

In a media report coming from Autosport last week, it has emerged that Symonds refused to answer several questions asked by a FIA advisor related to the alleged discussion between him, Briatore and Piquet prior to the Singapore race. During the aforementioned meeting, it was believed the three have set up the plan to fix the race by telling Piquet to deliberately crash his car on Lap 13 or 14 of the race.

Symonds' evasive answers led the FIA to believe he has more valuable information on what happened during the Singapore weekend than what he has told the investigators so far and decided to grant the Englishman with immunity from all punishments. That makes Briatore the only person involved in the scandal not to have been granted immunity.

The initial report from the FIA stewards regarding Symonds' questioning showed that the Renault official declined to answer some of the important questions related to the race-fixing charges not once, but two times.

Mr. Symonds suggested at his interview on 27 August that he might wish to revert to the Stewards with further information, including information responsive to the various questions he had declined to answer.”

"However, no such further information was provided on 27 August. On 28 August, Mr Symonds was summoned back before the Stewards to be asked if he wanted to give further information on the questions he had declined to answer. Mr Symonds again declined to answer the questions,” said the report, showed by Autosport earlier today.
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