IT’S OFFICIAL Felipe Massa has started his legal challenge of the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship. News outlet Reuters reports that Massa’s lawyers have sent a Letter Before Claim, a legal requirement before court proceedings begin. In the letter, Enyo Law states:

“Mr. Massa was “the victim of a conspiracy committed by individuals at the highest level of F1 together with the FIA and Formula One Management. Mr. Massa is unable to fully quantify his losses at this stage but estimates that they are likely to exceed tens of millions of Euros. This amount does not cover the serious moral and reputational losses suffered by Mr. Massa.

Simply put, Mr. Massa is the RIGHTFUL 2008 DRIVERS CHAMPION, and F1 and FIA deliberately ignored the misconduct that cheated him out of that title.”

The letter was sent to both F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem on August 15, and a response is required within 14 days, or legal proceeding will commence. In the letter, Massa’s team also demands recognition. The Brazilian driver calls for acknowledgement “that, but for those unlawful acts, he would have been awarded the 2008 Championship.”

To some people, the ’08 season is a distant memory. To us at Demaras Racing, the pain is real, and the of the memory haunts us. One can only imagine how Brazilian race fans are feeling! One of their own, the son-of-a-champ, cheated his own countryman out of the World Championship. During an interview earlier this year, former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said that both F1 and the FIA was aware of Renault’s race-fixing. That was the intent behind Nelson Piquet Jr.’s crash at Singapore, but F1 and the FIA did not act; they deliberately ignored the misconduct that cheated Massa out of the title.

In the face of this bombshell legal action, now 92-year-old Ecclestone is pretending to be a doddering old man. In a response to Reuters this weekend, Bernie claims he doesn’t remember 2008, and doesn’t even remember giving an interview about Massa this year. Several key people involved in covering up the race-fixing have already passed away; FIA President Max Mosely died in 2021 and F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting predeceased Mosely in 2019. But there remains one person remains who can bring #JusticeForMassa by simply telling the truth about Singapore. Fernando Alonso.

The former Ferrari F1 teammate of Massa’s, could admit that he, along with Flavio Briatore, Pat Symonds and Nelson Piquet Jr, hatched the unscrupulous plan to fix the race. It would do irreparable harm to Fernando’s reputation, but it would help his former friend Massa get what he deserves; the rightful recognition as the 2008 Formula 1 World Champion.


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