Ecclestone blasts Massa, says Hamilton could have sued after Abu Dhabi

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Former F1 owner Bernie Ecclestone says “Hamilton and Mercedes could have filed a lawsuit against the FIA after the not very clean 2021 finale in Abu Dhabi”.

A lot has been written about Felipe Massa’s planned legal action to overturn the results of the 2008 championship, due to the controversy that happened at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

The Brazilian wants the results of that race to be changed, because the outcome was influenced by Nelson Piquet Jr. crashing his car on purpose to help his team-mate Fernano Alonso win.

Since Massa ultimately lost the 2008 title battle to Lewis Hamilton by one point, if the results of that race are thrown out, he would end up having more points than the Briton.

Of course, taking the title away from Hamilton on account of this incident would be absolutely unjust, since the incident in question didn’t have anything to do with Lewis, nor did it help him directly in any way. It actually affected all drivers in the same way, except for Alonso, who directly benefitted from it and won the race.

Well, Bernardo Viana, a part of Massa’s legal team, recently said that the objective of the potential lawsuit is “to bring the trophy home”, and not any type of monetary compensation.

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The whole situation was actually sparked by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s alleged comments made in an interview with F1-Insider.

In that interview, Ecclestone allegedly claimed that he and Max Mosley (FIA president back in 2008) knew that the rules were breached before the end of the 2008 season, but decided not to do anything about it.

The word ‘allegedly’ is used here, because Reuters contacted Ecclestone about this statement, and he denied having any memory of it.

Now, Swiss publication Blick reports that Ecclestone blasted Massa for only wanting money.

“The Massa clan only cares about money, but the chances of that happening are zero,” the Briton said.

“Hamilton and Mercedes could have filed a lawsuit against the FIA after the not very clean 2021 finale in Abu Dhabi,” Ecclestone concluded.

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