Legal Team Of Felipe Massa Seeks Lewis Hamilton’s Support To Revisit 2008 F1 Championship

Giancarlo Perlas September 12, 2023

In a surprising turn of events, the legal team of Felipe Massa has allegedly reached out to Formula 1 legend Lewis Hamilton for support in their quest to revisit the 2008 F1 Drivers’ Championship results. Massa, who lost the championship title to Hamilton by a mere point, is determined to seek “justice for the sport.” The controversy revolves around the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, where allegations of intentional team manipulation arose.

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa
Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, and Felipe Massa at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix (Image Source: Flickr)

The Call for Support

According to Sky Sports, Massa’s legal representatives are not taking the pursuit of justice lightly. Bernardo Viana of the Sao Paulo Vieira Rezende Advogados law firm, which represents Massa in Brazil, recently stated that they hope Hamilton will stand by their side in this endeavor. Viana emphasized Hamilton’s importance as a sporting ambassador and his commitment to upholding sporting integrity.

The 2008 Singapore Grand Prix Controversy

The crux of the matter lies in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. During that race, Renault (currently Alpine) allegedly instructed their driver, Nelson Piquet Jr., to crash intentionally, ultimately benefiting his teammate, Fernando Alonso, who went on to win the race. This orchestrated incident led to the deployment of a safety car, prompting Massa to pit from the lead.

The Turning Point

Massa’s pit stop during the safety car period was marred by a disastrous error. He was mistakenly released from his pit box with the fuel hose still attached, effectively ending his chances of winning the race and handing crucial points to Hamilton. This pivotal moment in F1 history left Massa and his supporters convinced that he had been unjustly robbed of the championship.

Seeking Redress

Massa’s legal team estimates that the Brazilian driver lost out on significant earnings, amounting to “tens of millions of euros.” However, their primary objective is to secure an acknowledgment from the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) that an injustice occurred in the 2008 championship battle.

Final Thoughts

The unexpected twist in the 2008 F1 Drivers’ Championship saga has raised eyebrows across the motorsport world. Felipe Massa’s legal team’s call for Lewis Hamilton’s support injects fresh intrigue into this long-standing debate. How the now seven-time world champion from Mercedes F1 will respond remains to be seen.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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