Toto Wolff, the head of Mercedes, has warned that Felipe Massa’s attempt to overturn Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 world championship victory might cause anarchy.
Massa is taking legal action against McLaren and Hamilton for what he calls a “conspiracy” that cost him the championship.
In 2008, Hamilton won the championship by one point over the Brazilian ex-Ferrari driver.
According to Wolff, “the sport would be in disarray if everyone were to open up situations, especially when you look at the full championships.”
As a licensee, you are making a legally binding promise to abide by certain sports regulations.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t see the argument because there are “so many factors that influence whether you win or lose.”
Massa’s move was inspired by the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, where Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. intentionally crashed, and the subsequent fallout.
Massa, now 42 years old, claims he was cheated out of the championship because sports authorities knew the race was fixed but did nothing to stop it until the following year.
Massa allegedly added that Wolff’s statements demonstrated “we are on the right path” and that “people in F1 are realizing the seriousness and importance of our case” after Wolff referred to the situation as a “soap opera” that was “playing out in front of me.”
Massa continued, “I’m seeking justice; it’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid; a championship for an entire country; for Brazilians. For the Ferrari diehards, or tifosi.
In the 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton was defeated by Max Verstappen of Red Bull after a controversial decision regarding the use of the safety car was made by former race director Michael Masi.