Massa says Ecclestone is “afraid”, Hamilton responds to his 2008 lawsuit

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Felipe Massa says Bernie Ecclestone is “afraid of everything that will come out”, while Lewis Hamilton comments on his 2008 championship lawsuit.

Felipe Massa’s lawyer recently said the Brazilian quest to change the results of the 2008 championship is not aimed at getting monetary compensation, but actually at ‘bringing the trophy home’.

However, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone doesn’t think so.

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

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

Massa has now responded, and he thinks the Briton is afraid.

“Ecclestone only decided to say something after he saw the seriousness of our case and that we won’t accept this stain on the sport,” the Brazilian told Motorsport.

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“He’s probably afraid of everything that will come out with the lawsuits. It doesn’t matter, as we’ve said many times, our goal is the trophy.

“We continue our battle for justice in sport,” Massa concluded.

As Massa being awarded the 2008 championship title would mean it would have to be taken away from Lewis Hamilton, ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix Lewis was asked to give his comments on the situation.

“If that’s the direction that Felipe wants to go, that’s his decision,” he said.

“I prefer not to focus on the past. Whether it’s 15 years ago, two years ago, or three days ago.

“I’m only interested in the present and my focus is on helping my team this week,” Hamilton concluded.

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