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Renault have escaped with a two-year suspended ban by the FIA after admitting they ordered former driver Nelson Piquet Jr. to crash during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

However, former team principal Flavio Briatore, who issued Piquet the order and who left Renault last week, has been banned indefinitely from all Formula One activities, including driver management.

Pat Symonds, the team's former executive director of engineering, has received a five-year ban for his part in the scandal while Piquet, who blew the whistle after being sacked by the team, had already been granted immunity from punishment.

The Brazilian's former team-mate Fernando Alonso, who won the race after benefiting from the safety car period the crash brought about, was cleared of any involvement.

Although the FIA admitted the "unparalleled severity" of the incident merited permanent disqualification, it instead suspended the punishment after taking into consideration the steps taken by Renault "to identify and address the failings within its team and condemn the actions of the individuals involved".

The team have been told that the threat of a permanent ban will hang over them until the end of the 2011 season and will only be activated if they are found guilty of a similar charge.

"We apologised in front of the World Motor Sport Council," Renault F1 president Bernard Rey said after the 90-minute hearing, held in Paris. "We took full responsibility and we hope that we will enjoy better days in the future."

The FIA has effectively handed Briatore a lifetime ban from motor sport, as well as determining he should not manage any drivers. The flamboyant Italian currently looks after the interests of four F1 drivers and, ironically, those of Piquet himself.


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QPR might well be -

Under football league 'first and proper person' rules ( yes really) !! they state

"if they are subject to a ban from a sports governing body relating to the administration of their sport nobody can be a director or hold a majority interest in a club" Briatore stands to be automatically disqualified and required to sell his majority shareholding in QPR.

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