Famous Formula 1 journalist Roger Benoit has questioned one of Michael Schumacher’s title wins in light of Felipe Massa’s quest to overturn the results of the 2008 championship.
Felipe Massa is in the middle of preparations to launch a legal action aimed at overturning the results of the 2008 championship.
If successful, Massa said his ultimate goal is to be awarded the 2008 title, which means it would have to be taken away from Lewis Hamilton.
As unlikely as this outcome is, especially since Hamilton is only a collateral victim in the Brazilian’s potential legal case, people have now started questioning other title wins from the past.
One of those is Michael Schumacher’s 1994 championship title win. Schumacher entered the final race of the 1994 season with a one point advantage over his title rival Damon Hill, and he ultimately managed to win the championship, but only after he crashed into Hill.
At the time Schumacher was let off the hook for this, but many believe to this day that the German crashed his already damaged Benetton into Hill’s Williams deliberately, while Hill was attempting to overtake him.
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Both drivers were forced to retire, and since Schumacher had one point more than Hill, he was crowned the world champion.
Now in a talk with Swiss publication Blick, famous F1 journalist Roger Benoit called Michael a six-time champion, even though formally he is a seven-time title winner.
“As a six-time World Champion, [Schumacher] certainly belongs in the top five [drivers of all time],” Benoit said.
When he was asked why he said Michael was a six-time champion, Benoit said:
“Of course, I know that he was World Champion seven times.
“But the 1994 title should actually be taken away from him because he only won it because of his foul on Damon Hill,” he concluded.