Lewis Hamilton has been striving for his seventh championship since the unfortunate event at the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP. Nevertheless, there are those who contend that he actually possesses seven titles if we take into account Felipe Massa’s assertion that he was unfairly denied the 2008 championship because of the crashgate incident. Therefore, how did Hamilton address these allegations?
In the realm of Formula 1, the Singapore GP of 2008 is notorious for being a somber occasion. It is remembered as the day when Nelson Piquet Jr deliberately caused a crash to benefit his teammate Fernando Alonso. This event had far-reaching implications, not only for the Renault team but also for Felipe Massa’s prospects of winning the championship. Had this incident not taken place, Massa would have claimed the title of world champion.
Massa allegedly brought the F1 ruling to the legal system, aiming to obtain fairness regarding the “theft” that took place during the Singapore GP. Nevertheless, it appears improbable that he will succeed in altering the court’s decision.
Hamilton was questioned about the allegations and he characterized the season as being riddled with uncertainties. He was taken aback when Piquet asserted that the team had ordered him to deliberately crash. Hamilton mentioned that he had always regarded Massa as a just driver and was caught off guard by his accusations.
Bernie Ecclestone proposed that the FIA was aware of the crashgate incident prior to the conclusion of the season but did not take any measures. Massa might employ Ecclestone’s assertion in court, although it is important to acknowledge that Ecclestone is known for making inconsequential remarks. Regrettably, the two individuals who could authenticate Ecclestone’s allegations, Charlie Whiting and Max Mosley, are deceased.
Hamilton, in response to Massa’s allegations, expressed astonishment and affirmed his belief in Massa’s integrity as a driver. The outcome of Massa’s attempt to challenge the decision legally is yet to be determined.