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Renault allowed to race on Sunday

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On: Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 12:55PM | By: John Welch

Renault allowed to race on Sunday

A mistake is just that, a mistake. "Mooom, I didn't mean to draw an outline of Road Atlanta on my bedroom wall, in pastels; it was a mistake!" Yeah, right. She didn't buy it either. Apparently the FIA is more forgiving than my Mother.

When last we saw the venerable F1 circus, the moving pictures were coming to us form Hungary, a track named the Hungaroring. Fernando Alonso was making a routine pit stop. Upon being released form the pits Alonso began to notice a bad vibration coming from his right front wheel. Ah, mistakes. As it turns out the wheel was not properly fastened, causing it to come loose and fly off the car. The stewards were not pleased. So upset, in fact, that they banned Renault from the next round almost immediately. Now we're dealing with two mistakes. The next round of Formula One racing takes place in Valencia, Spain, the "European Grand Prix". Telling Spaniards that Fernando Alonso will not be allowed to participate in his home race is about like the University of Florida telling Gators fans that they're benching Tim Tebow during all home games, for any reason. A bad situation from a P.R. standpoint. The best case scenario would be nobody showing up to the track on race day. The worst case, inciting riots.

The FIA certainly knows which side its bread is buttered on, today overturning the suspension. It was made very clear that the sactioning body was not happy with Renault, fining them and giving the team a brutal tongue lashing. They will however allow Flavio's yellow cars on track this weekend.

The entire story can be read at Formula One's offcial website

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