Max Mosley, President of the FIA, has praised the Renault F1 Team for they way they responded to the 'crashgate'-scandal. In the days prior to the World Motor Sport Council meeting, Renault parted company with both Flavio Briatore and Symonds, announced to no longer contest the allegations made by Nelson Piquet Jr., to pay the costs of the FIA investigation and to contribute to the governing body's safety programmes.
Mosley declared to the newspaper 'The Evening Standard': "It took them completely by surprise. When we sent Renault the dossier of evidence they made no attempt to cover up. They immediately instituted an internal investigation headed by a top lawyer."
Mosley also confirmed that Bernie Ecclestone voted against the life-time ban from motorsport for his long-time friend Flavio Briatore.
"The council did not vote unanimously," said Mosley. "All 26 members were not there, the figure was 20, and there were proxies. A substantial majority were in favour of punishing Briatore but Bernie was in a minority."