In a dramatic turn of events, Felipe Massa’s pursuit of justice in the 2008 Crashgate scandal has now taken a compelling twist. Massa’s legal team is actively seeking the support of none other than Lewis Hamilton, a fellow legend of Formula 1, to fortify their case. The crux of the matter revolves around Massa’s resolute quest to demand reparation from the Formula 1 authorities for a calculated incident that robbed him of the 2008 Championship.
The fateful episode unfolded during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, where Massa and Hamilton were locked in a gripping battle for championship points. The pivotal moment arrived when Nelson Piquet Junior deliberately crashed his Formula 1 car into the circuit wall, a calculated move aimed at favoring his Renault teammate, Fernando Alonso. This ill-conceived action compelled Massa to hastily return to the track, inadvertently leaving the fuel hose attached to his car. This mishap incurred a penalty, ultimately paving the way for Hamilton to secure the championship by a mere one-point margin. The truth stands unshakable: had it not been for the orchestrated crash, Massa would undoubtedly have clinched the championship title.
The year 2009 witnessed a seismic revelation when Piquet confessed to engineering the deliberate crash, exposing the complicity of his Renault team bosses in this unethical scheme. Fueling the legal firestorm, former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone divulged in a March interview with a German website that he and former FIA president Max Mosley had prior knowledge of Piquet’s orchestrated crash in 2008. Regrettably, Max Mosley passed away in 2021, further compounding the urgency of Massa’s pursuit of justice.
In a bid to ensure due process and a fair hearing, Massa’s Brazilian lawyer, Bernardo Viana, conveyed to Reuters that they had extended a reasonable timeframe to Formula 1 and the FIA, allowing them until mid-October to respond to a formal letter of claim. Viana, a distinguished partner at the esteemed law firm Vieira Rezende Advogados, affirmed:
“The ball is on their court, we’ve been waiting for their response. They asked for more time, until mid-October, and in good faith we have agreed to that.”
“However, to bolster our case and demonstrate the veracity of our claims, we are actively seeking the support of Lewis Hamilton, who was then a formidable contender racing for McLaren.”
“He is an important ambassador for the sport and has always defended sporting integrity. He is an honorary Brazilian citizen and very well liked by Brazilians, so I hope he will support us.
“We have absolutely nothing against Hamilton.”
Through this legal endeavor, Massa aims not only to secure the compensation he rightfully deserves but also to safeguard the integrity of Formula One itself. In addition to seeking redress for the championship he was unjustly denied, Massa is resolute in upholding the principles and ethics that underpin the sport of Formula 1.