Mike Stevens | Sep 18, 2009

FORMER RENAULT F1 TEAM PRINCIPALS, Pat Symonds and Flavio Briatore, reportedly face potential extradition to Singapore for criminal proceedings following their involvement in Formula 1’s race fixing scandal.

Symonds and Briatore have parted company with Renault after the French manufacturer chose not to contest charges its F1 outfit conspired to manipulate the outcome of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

While Renault is likely to escape expulsion from Formula 1, the company still faces the prospect of a potential nine-figure fine from the FIA for breaching Article 151c of the sport’s regulations and bringing the sport into disrepute.

As Briatore and Symonds are no longer employed by Renault, the duo may escape punishment and lifetime bans from the sport.

However, Britain’s Daily Telegraph suggests the former Renault F1 team executives may find themselves subject to a Singapore criminal investigation and potential extradition.

The Telegraph said Briatore and Symonds could be extradited for committing "acts done with the intention of endangering vehicles, vessels or aircraft" and “malicious or wilful damage to property" – crimes listed under the Singapore Extradition Act.

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Renault, Briatore and Symonds may also find themselves subject to legal proceedings domestically and be sued for damages related to loss of earnings.

Formula 1 outfits are rewarded for points accrued throughout a season. With Renault having fraudulently obtained a victory in Singapore, the British-based team could be subject to claims regarding lost prize money.

According to the Telegraph, a further potential lawsuit could see Ferrari take action against Renault for artificially altering the complexion of the Singapore race, and as a consequence, the outcome of the 2008 driver’s championship, which saw Brazil’s Felipe Massa miss out by a solitary point.

Meanwhile, Briatore has claimed he sacrificed his role at Renault in a vain attempt to save the team and its workforce from drastic punishment.

The Italian said: “I was just trying to save the team. It's my duty. That's the reason I've finished.”

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