Felipe Massa will not be present at the Brazilian GP as he is currently involved in a legal case against Formula 1 regarding the 2008 F1 title and the infamous crashgate scandal.
A few months ago, Felipe Massa announced his challenge to the outcome of the 2008 title fight. According to Massa, he believes he was denied the world title in 2008 because F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA failed to take action despite being aware of the fraudulent win by Fernando Alonso at the Singapore GP.
In a controversial interview, Bernie Ecclestone acknowledged his knowledge of the “dirty game” played by Renault, which further strengthens Massa’s belief that he, not Lewis Hamilton, should have been crowned champion. Massa argues that the race should not have been included in determining the final result of the 2008 F1 championship.
Typically, Felipe Massa attends various races throughout the season as an ambassador. However, he will once again be absent from the Brazilian GP.
“All I know is that F1 asked me not to go to the race in Monza,” stated Massa to ‘Motorsport.com’. “I usually also attend the race in Japan as an ambassador, but I didn’t go.”
“Regarding Brazil, there hasn’t been any discussion. We haven’t had any contact since just before the race in Monza, so…”
Massa admits that as an F1 ambassador, he has not received an invitation to his home race, the Brazilian GP.
“I don’t think I will go. I would only attend the races as an ambassador,” mentioned Massa. “But I fully respect the current legal situation, which would prevent me from going to the race considering everything that is happening now.”
“There was no invitation or conversation about my role as an ambassador, so I assume I won’t go.”