SINGAPORE: Renault on Thursday said technical director Bob Bell will lead the Formula One team for the rest of the season after the departure of Flavio Briatore for his involvement in the Singapore race-fix scandal.

“Bob Bell will attend all the remaining races of the season and will be the team’s spokesperson on all sporting and technical matters,” the team said in a statement.

“The Renault F-1 Team is now ready to concentrate on the future and wishes to stress that no further comments or statements will be issued relating to the events of Singapore 2008.”

Briatore and chief engineer Pat Symonds were behind one of the biggest scandals to ever hit the sport when they conspired with former driver Nelson Piquet junior to cause a deliberate crash in last year’s Singapore Grand Prix.

The International Automobile Federation handed Briatore an “unlimited” ban from the sport while Symonds was suspended for five years.

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