Lewis Hamilton breaks silence with blunt response over Massa’s legal battle

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Lewis Hamilton is not concerning himself with Felipe Massa’s legal battle against Formula 1 chiefs over the outcome of the 2008 world championship. The former Ferrari driver has launched legal proceedings against F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem over the damages caused by the events that denied him his first F1 title.

Massa missed out on the 2008 title to Hamilton following the infamous ‘crash-gate’ scandal at the Singapore Grand Prix. The Brazilian was in pole position before Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr deliberately crashed into a wall to bring out the safety car and allow team-mate Fernando Alonso back into the race, which he eventually went on to win.

Massa would drop back to 13th position in the end as Hamilton placed 3rd. The result meant Mercedes leapfrogged Ferrari in the constructor rankings while Hamilton overtook Massa at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings.

The ex-F1 star is now looking to receive financial reimbursement for the money he lost by slipping from the top spot in the standings and may push to have the result overturned.

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But despite the legal action carrying some quite serious potential ramifications for Hamilton, the Brit isn’t focusing his energy on the case. “I have a really bad memory, so I don’t really remember a lot, to be honest,” Hamilton told reporters ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix. 

“I’m really just focused on the here and now and helping the team get back into the championship and the race.  I’m not really focused on what happened 15 years ago.”

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Massa has not made it clear whether he intends to pursue the 2008 crown but may find it difficult to do so if he looks to go down that avenue. The FIA rulebook states that once the winning driver receives the champion’s trophy, the outcome cannot be changed.

Like, Hamilton, Ferrari principal Frederic Vasseur gave a blunt response to the legal proceedings. “I don’t want to make any comment on this matter,” he told Motorsport.com Italy. “I have a good relationship with all parties involved. 

“It is a complex affair, the circumstances are quite exceptional. I can say that personally, I am not a big fan of revisions, even if it is a matter of changing the results 15 minutes after the race.”

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