Valencia GP pleads for Alonso ban reversal

The promoter of the European Grand Prix at Valencia, Valmor Sport, has urged F1's governing body to reconsider the ban that will prevent Spanish hero Fernando Alonso from contesting the street race next month. Renault has asked the International...

The promoter of the European Grand Prix at Valencia, Valmor Sport, has urged F1's governing body to reconsider the ban that will prevent Spanish hero Fernando Alonso from contesting the street race next month.

Renault has asked the International Court of Appeal to set a date for an appeal, after stewards in Hungary ruled the team knowingly released the Spaniard from a pitstop with a loose wheel nut.

The local news agency EFE said Valmor is strongly supportive of safety measures, but said not allowing Alonso to race in Valencia is also penalising his Spanish supporters.

"As well as safety we must also think about the fans, many of them having bought tickets only to see Fernando Alonso," said Valmor's Jorge Martinez Aspar.

"We should see to it that they are not harmed by this decision," he added.

Aspar added that Valmor Sport has already been in contact with the Spanish motor racing federation about the issue.

Adrian Campos, boss of the new Campos F1 team for 2010, said Alonso's absence on the Valencia grid would be a "disaster" for the Spanish race, whose ticket sales had already been slow.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Adrian Campos , Jorge Martin