Oh, Flavio!


What he and his team have basically admitted to is just so amazing that I can’t believe it.  Renault was accused of intentionally crashing their junior driver at Singapore last year so that their senior driver could win the race.  That sort of conduct in F1 is beyond reprehensible.   When the rumors started to circulate a few weeks ago, I just had to tune it out because it was too absurd to imagine.  Even though no one got hurt, the risk to human life is off the charts given the speed and danger of the sport when they’re not trying to crash into each other.

Now, Flavio Briatore, the flamboyant playboy team principal of Renault is removed in disgrace.  He is guilty of the highest crime conceivable in this sport and he has to go, but he was one of the things that was great about F1.  His teams have one drivers and constructors championships.  He has shepherded the careers of numerous young drivers, as well as having worked closely with the best – Michael Schumacher.

After the sin he committed, he can not stay, but F1 will be far less for his absence.