Flavio Briatore has told the world’s press he stepped down from Renault to protect the team.
Here’s a round-up of what people are saying about the Renault crash scandal and further developments in the story this morning:
"I was just trying to save the team. It's my duty. That's the reason I'm finished."
"The F1 paddock has been enjoying [Briatore's] pain in a schadenfreude-fest of Olympic proportions."
"This time it was about manipulating a race. There was also the obvious danger to Piquet, other drivers and spectators. What also really upset me at the weekend was what Flavio Briatore was saying. He denied it all . His messages were murky, even making comments about Piquet's private life. It was unbelievable. And now, because Briatore has been sacked, we must assume the allegations against Renault were all true."
Bernie Ecclestone: “I am surprised at Pat letting himself become involved.”
"What I do know is that there is something fundamentally rotten and wrong at the heart of Formula One. Never in my experience has F1 been in such a mood of self-destruction. Millions of fans are amazed, if not disgusted, at a sport which now goes from crisis to crisis with everyone blaming everyone else. There is a nervousness and fear within the teams, which is not healthy. There is no respect or trust for the individuals, or the institutions that are meant to regulate and govern the sport."
"At the Italian GP at Monza last weekend, Prost, now 54, was rumoured to be the most likely successor."
"It is a pity that Flavio has ended his Formula One career in this way. You can't defend him at all. What he did was completely unnecessary. It's a pity that it's happened."
"Telegraph Sport understands Singapore could request extradition from a Commonwealth country for someone charged for offences which are deemed "extradition crimes"."
Renault's F1 community site has avoided putting up a post about the crash scandal – but that hasn't stopped their members discussing it.
"Carlos Ghosn, the chief executive of Renault, had been looking forward to a publicity triumph as he claimed leadership of the green car market with the launch of four electric vehicles this week. Instead, he found himself being quizzed about a scandal that threatens to dent Renault’s attempt to portray itself as a clean manufacturer."
"This is no run-of-the-mill piece of skulduggery. The Renault team’s crime was not an act of cheating as mere fraudulence. Rather, it was cheating as a potentially lethal act; as potential murder, if you like. This is not melodramatic. Deaths in motor racing still happen. They are not a relic of the wizard-prang days. Deaths come from crashes, and no crash can be controlled."
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