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GP Week : Issue 59
> F1NEWS> oes sour mp out of Formula 1 oer in the hot seat for Today’s the day for Renault THE Renault F1 Team will go in front of the FIA International Court of Appeal today (Monday) in the hope of overturning its ban from this weekend’s European Grand Prix. Renault was barred from the race after the Hungarian Grand Prix in which Fernando Alonso was released from his first pitstop with a loose right front tyre. The team’s unsafe release of the driver and failure to warn him of the issue with his tyre led the Hungarian Grand Prix stewards to ban the team from the next race, as the maximum fine of $50,000 was deemed too light a punishment. While there is little debate within the sport that the team’s punishment was overly harsh, the recent accidents involving Henry Surtees and Felipe Massa and the safety considerations that their crashes highlighted, have given extra gravity to safety infringements. Should Renault manage to overturn its race ban, it is widely believed that the team will receive a fine between $500,000 and $1million. Such a reversal would, however, allow the squad to compete in one of the most important races for its sponsors. Alonso’s participation in the European Grand Prix in Valencia is considered vitally important for race organisers. Should Renault race in Valencia, the Spaniard will be joined by Romain Grosjean for his Grand Prix debut. BMW continues development BMW-Sauber has revealed that it will continue unabated with its planned developments to the F1.09 for the remainder of the season, despite announcing that it will quit the sport at the end of the season. BMW Motorsport Director Dr Mario Thiessen confirmed that by continuing their push for better results through the development of their underperforming car, the team hoped to attract a suitable buyer for the outfit. “Clearly we’re all disappointed about the decision to withdraw from Formula 1,” he said. “The team had established itself at the top in just three years and we would love to have shown that the poor results we’ve had this season were just a blip. Now our work is focusing on the next few months. “While efforts are continuing behind the scenes to find a solution for the team, everybody is aware that putting in good performances at the circuits is the best way to advertise their abilities. We want to get back into the fast lane, and so the development packages for Valencia and Singapore will be put into practice as planned.” 7