Felipe Massa is considering legal options to challenge the controversial outcome of the 2008 Formula 1 World Driver’s Championship after massive comments from the sport’s former boss, Bernie Ecclestone.
Felipe Massa might be checking out legal options to take the 2008 F1 title back from Lewis Hamilton after awestruck comments from Lewis Hamilton
The former Ferrari star lost the championship that year to McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by just a single point on the concluding lap of the season in one of the most nail-biting finishes in F1 history.
However, Felipe Massa’s hopes for the title had already gone to a sensational hit in Singapore when it later came out that Nelson Piquet had willingly crashed his Renault into the wall in a bid to let his teammate Fernando Alonso’s own championship aspirations.
Dubbed ‘Crashgate’, the scandal had Massa dropping from 1st to 13th, as Alonso bagged the title. Massa was eventually defeated in the championship by a point on the final day to Hamilton.
Bombshell comments enticing him for some legal action
Some stunning claims from Ecclestone suggest that the F1 top brass were aware of the Renault conspiracy ‘during the 2008 season’, where there could have been time to overturn the final outcome.
Felipe Massa said,
“There is a rule that says that when a championship is decided, from the moment the driver receives the champion’s trophy, things can no longer be changed, even if it has been proven a theft.
At the time, Ferrari’s lawyers told me about this rule. We went to other lawyers, and the answer was that nothing could be done. So I logically believed in this situation. But after 15 years, we hear that the owner of the category says that he found out in 2008, together with the president of the FIA, and they did nothing to tarnish the name of F1.
Massa even added that it’s terribly sad that the race result should have been cancelled, and he’d have a title, and it’s he who lost the most because of that result.
“So we are going after it to understand all this,” he said.