Saturday, April 13, 2024

Corrects new charge against Hamilton – cheating to win

If there is support in the new prosecutor, it could have major consequences for the seven-time world champion, who from 2025 will be a Ferrari driver.

Former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa still believes he was cheated out of the 2008 world championship, which Lewis Hamilton won by just one point.

At that time Hamilton short for McLaren. But Felipe Massa wants the Briton's world championship because he believes it was artificially helped along by Nelson Piquet Jr, who deliberately smashed his Renault into the barrier during the Singapore Grand Prix.

It was actually to help another Renault driver – namely Fernando Alonso – towards the World Cup title. But Hamilton ended up profiting from the case, which has since become known as 'crashgate'.

And now Felipe Massa has the support of his former team boss at Ferrari, Jean Todt, who later became president of the international motorsport organization FIA.

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This is written by the Spanish newspaper La Stampa .

Like Massa, Jean Todt now believes that the 2008 Singapore race was 'rigged'. Even if the former team manager prefers to see the case closed.

– I don't want to get involved in the controversy, but it was very hard for him (Massa, ed.) psychologically.

– Maybe we could have been tougher when the story became known. But there is no doubt that the Singapore Grand Prix was manipulated and should have been cancelled, says Todt.

Felipe Massa's army of lawyers have already accused former F1 commercial rights owner Bernie Ecclestone and then-FIA president Max Mosley of putting 'a damper' on the case.

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