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Felipe Massa’s lawyers release update on ex-F1 star’s bid to get Lewis Hamilton stripped

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Felipe Massa is difficult the results of the 2008 World Championship (Picture: Getty)

Felipe Massa’s legal professionals have allowed the FIA and Formulation One Administration an extension to conclude their inner investigations into the end result of the 2008 World Drivers’ Championship. Former Formulation One star Massa believes he’s the sufferer of a conspiracy that led to him shedding the title to that yr. 

Massa alleges that there was a conspiracy to cowl up the end result of the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008. Renault’s Nelson Piquet Jnr is claimed to have crashed on function to permit Fernando Alonso to win. 

If that end result had been thrown out, Massa would have received the World Championship. As an alternative, he misplaced to then-McLaren ace Hamilton by one level. 

Massa’s authorized workforce insist that he missed out on “tens of tens of millions of euros” in addition to struggling reputational harm. They gave each organisations till October 12 to reply, however that deadline has since been pushed again. 

“FIA and FOM are finishing an inner investigation,” lawyer Bernardo Viana informed . “They’ve requested one final extension to the deadline they initially requested for, from October 12 to November 15.


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Lewis Hamilton pipped Felipe Massa to the 2008 World Championship (Picture: Getty)

“Now we have agreed to this ultimate interval as a result of, if the brand new administration is certainly wanting into the matter in good religion, they are going to actually attain the identical conclusion we and so many individuals world wide have.

“We wish to know what Formulation One’s new management’s place is on the not too long ago disclosed scandal and the injustice confronted by Felipe Massa.”

Massa has not been within the paddock since taking an curiosity in authorized motion in March, prompted by since-retracted claims by then-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone that the authorities have been conscious of Piquet’s underhanded techniques. 

“Individuals typically don’t like to speak about it,” Massa not too long ago stated. “They like to speak about it up shut, slightly than within the media, which I utterly perceive. However this undoubtedly doesn’t change something in my combat for justice.

“I don’t see why Ferrari wouldn’t be on my facet … As a result of we misplaced the championship, they took the championship away from us, from me and from Ferrari.



Felipe Massa insists he has help in his bid to retrospectively declare the 2008 World Championship (Picture: Getty)

“If you hear Toto Wolff speaking about 2021, Ferrari would want to do the identical. So, Ferrari must combat for the most effective of the workforce and I don’t actually see Ferrari removed from manipulation, as occurred to me.

“So at this level, they haven’t actually stated, ‘OK, we’re collectively.’ I feel they’re ready to see what’s going to occur, however what I’m saying is I’m doing this for my nation, I’m doing this for my followers, I’m doing this for myself, I’m doing this for my household, I’m doing this for Ferrari, I’m doing this for the followers, probably the most unbelievable F1 followers, who’re the Ferrari followers.

“So if Ferrari needs to return in, they’re completely welcome. In any other case, I’m doing this for justice and that’s crucial factor to me.”

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