Bernie Ecclestone feels Felipe Massa ought to observe within the footsteps of Lewis Hamilton by letting bygones be bygones following his personal championship controversy. Massa has moved forward along with his plan to launch authorized motion in opposition to F1 concerning the results of the 2008 World Championship.
The Brazilian sought authorized recommendation following feedback from Ecclestone earlier this 12 months, the place he claimed that he and Max Mosley determined in opposition to taking any motion after studying how Nelson Piquet Jr intentionally crashed within the Singapore Grand Prix, which finally price Massa after pitting from the lead. A gasoline hose that was caught delayed Massa’s cease, sending him to the again of the sector whereas Hamilton completed on the rostrum.
Massa believes ‘Crashgate’ finally stole him of a World Championship and his workforce of attorneys are already taking a look at what may be accomplished. Ecclestone has since dismissed Massa’s authorized case, admitting he has no recollection of doing the interview the place he was quoted wanting again on the ‘Crashgate’ scandal.
Massa has not had a lot help from the internal F1 circle both with Hamilton himself gave a blunt response earlier this summer season. The Briton himself felt cheated out of a world title again in 2021 when former FIA race director Michael Masi allowed Max Verstappen to shut as much as him on contemporary tyres with one lap remaining within the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“The Massa clan solely cares about cash,” Ecclestone informed Blick. “However the possibilities of that taking place are zero.
“Hamilton and Mercedes might have filed a lawsuit in opposition to the FIA after the not very clear 2021 finale in Abu Dhabi.”
Hamilton has admitted that “scar” nonetheless stays from the 2021 title decider and doubts he’ll ever really recover from it. “In the end that feeling by no means actually really leaves you,” Hamilton stated earlier this 12 months.
“It is like when you consider your old flame, it can all the time be that old flame and first heartbreak.
“Abu Dhabi, the scar is there and there’ll all the time be that reminiscence. Although I reprogrammed my thoughts, I believe it nonetheless took me the entire 12 months to actually push by means of it as a result of we have been straight again into work. It wasn’t a fast factor.”