Massa lost out on the title on the last corner of the final race of the 2008 season Renault asked Nelson Piquet Jr to crash which led at the Singapore Grand Prix Massa was leading the race but lost the lead in the subsequent safety car period 

Felipe Massa has started legal proceedings seeking to overturn Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 world championship triumph.


The Brazilian lost out on the title on the last corner of the last race in his native Brazil, when Hamilton famously overtook Toyota’s Timo Glock to secure his success by a single point – the first of his seven world championships, this one for McLaren.



Massa’s family were celebrating the championship in the Ferrari garage at the time. Their man had crossed the line as race winner and prospective champion, only for Hamilton to zoom up to the fourth place he required to rip their dreams apart.


The legal action goes back to the Singapore Grand Prix earlier in the season – and the biggest Formula One scandal of its day, known as ‘Crashgate’.


That race, held under lights in Singapore, was bent. Renault asked their No 2 driver Nelson Piquet to crash to bring out a safety car that allowed their No 1, Fernando Alonso, to pit and go on to win the race.


Felipe Massa has started legal proceedings to overturn Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 title triumph The Brit won his first of seven titles in dramatic circumstances by one point from Massa Massa’s annoyance comes over the ‘Crashgate’ scandal when Nelson Piquet Jr was asked to crash out of the race which brought out the safety car when the Ferrari driver was leading



Gideon Canice

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