Alonso: Life at Renault totally normal

Fernando Alonso insisted he is moving on from the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix scandal, claiming the situation at his Renault team is now completely normal

Alonso: Life at Renault totally normal

The Spaniard, the winner of the fixed 2008 race Renault got a suspended two-year ban for, said he was happy the matter is now over so he can focus on racing.

"Well, to be clear, and probably to finish on what happened last year - because the next question will be about 2009 or if not we switch language," Alonso told reporters in Singapore.

"I was in Paris to co-operate with the FIA, to help in the investigation with my team as well.

"I am happy that everything is clear now, and I am happy also that it is clear I was not involved in the incident and had nothing in that matter.

"It has been difficult times for the team maybe but that is the past - it was last week. That is behind us and we move on, and let's concentrate on this race, then next weekend in Japan, and life continues so it is time to get some results again. The past is clear, it is right it is settled, and it is finished for us."

Alonso said the team continued to work as normal despite the exits of Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds.

"Everything is completely normal," Alonso said. "Pat is not here, and Flavio. But there are other people who are doing a similar job. So the team has no difference at all compared to any other race and there is no changes at all in approach to this weekend.

"It is just that the media attention that is quite big, today, but hopefully for tomorrow and after tomorrow it will come to normal again and everything back to normal. This is the past what happened, and now it is the present and the future."

The two-time champion also said he was unaffected by the FIA's decision to ban Briatore from managing any drivers.

"It doesn't change at all anything on me. My manager was Luis Garcia [Abad], who is here with me always. And my manager next year will be Luis."

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