Team Massa releases statement: ‘No choice but to start proceedings’

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Team Massa releases statement: 'No choice but to start proceedings'

Former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa is filing a lawsuit against the FIA, FOM and Bernie Ecclestone over the crashgate scandal at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, reports motorsport.com. The Brazilian’s spokespeople confirm that a case has been filed against the three parties in the Supreme Court, with the aim of having the result of the race in Marina Bay declared invalid.

In the infamous race, Nelson Piquet Jr crashed his Renault on purpose. The team’s tactics worked: a safety car was deployed and the overall victory went to Piquet’s teammate Fernando Alonso. Lewis Hamilton finished second and Massa failed to score any points after a disastrous pit stop. The legal ball started rolling when Ecclestone indicated last year that there was enough information available at the time to have the case investigated, which could have led to an annulment.

The law firm representing Massa has released a statement about this. “Mr Massa is seeking explanations that the FIA ​​breached its own regulations by failing to immediately investigate the crash,” it said. ‘If the FIA ​​had acted correctly, Mr Massa would have won the drivers’ championship that year.’ In addition, the former driver is also seeking damages for the financial loss he suffered due to the FIA’s failure. They see the FOM and Ecclestone as complicit in this.

No choice but legal proceedings

“Attempts to reach a settlement were unsuccessful, leaving Mr. Massa with no choice but to initiate legal proceedings,” the statement continued. They see the recent reports that FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem interfered with Alonso’s penalties during the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as a sign that not everything is going as it should within Formula 1.

“Recent events show that transparency and integrity remain relevant issues in Formula 1. Serious work is needed to restore Formula 1’s credibility and its long-term future,” the statement ends. Massa would demand damages of somewhere between 70 and 175 million euros.

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