Felipe Massa is challenging the outcome of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix due to the “crash-gate” scandal, feeling that the manipulation of the crash caused him to lose the title to Fernando Alonso, and gathering a group of lawyers to re-evaluate the race’s results.
‣ Felipe Massa is waging a major battle against Formula 1 and the FIA to review the outcome of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
‣ Massa sees himself as the rightful 2008 F1 champion and spoke at length in the Track Limits podcast about his rationale for challenging the outcome of that year’s championship.
‣ Massa and his team saw no reason to challenge the case at the time.
‣ Massa’s suspicions were confirmed when he asked Flavio Briatore and Nelson Piquet about the crash.
Former Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has taken up the fight over the outcome of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. Massa and his team of lawyers argue that the crash that won Fernando Alonso the controversial race was intentional. According to the former Ferrari driver, the incident left him wondering and suspicious.
Massa’s efforts to challenge the outcome of the 2008 race are rooted in his belief that he should have been declared the winner. “I never thought it was a massive manipulation,” says the Brazilian. When Massa began to suspect that the crash was deliberate, he claims that he did not have enough evidence to challenge it at the time. Despite time passing since the race happened, Massa argues that it is not too late to fight for justice.
The Brazilian’s suspicions were aroused at the beginning of the 2009 season. When he questioned Flavio Briatore, who headed the Renault team at the time of the crash, there were inconsistencies in his responses. In a similar vein, when Massa questioned Nelson Piquet Jr., the driver who crashed on purpose in Singapore, he was also met with a disingenuous answer. In disbelief, his suspicions became complete.
Overall, Massa asserts that he is prepared to challenge the outcome of the 2008 season to claim the title he believes should be rightfully his. Although the race happened over a decade ago, his determination to fight for justice has not waned.