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Legendary F1 race engineer weighs in on Felipe Massa’s 2008 title court docket case

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Felipe Massa’s former F1 race engineer Rob Smedley has given his verdict on the Brazilian’s authorized motion over the 2008 world championship.

The now retired, former Ferrari driver is contesting the outcome that noticed him lose out to the 2008 F1 crown to Lewis Hamilton.

The 2008 Singapore Grand Prix ‘crashgate’ scandal sits on the coronary heart of Massa’s bid to “deliver the trophy dwelling”, which was prompted by an interview by which ex-F1 boss Bernice Ecclestone implied that F1 and the FIA had been conscious of Renault’s fixing of the race on the time.

Smedley, Massa’s long-time race engineer at Ferrari, was requested for his ideas on the scenario throughout an episode of The Race F1 podcast.

“I’ve all the time been an individual that no matter occurred yesterday, whether or not it was good or unhealthy, I sort of stand up and dirt myself off and transfer on and it simply sort of fades into historical historical past for me,” Smedley stated.

“Extra pots and pans, extra medals or no matter you wish to name it, is pretty meaningless for me. I’m eager about what’s occurring as we speak and tomorrow and the day after that. However that’s my private opinion on it.

Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa at the title-deciding Brazilian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa on the title-deciding Brazilian Grand Prix

“However what I’ll say is that that is one thing that Felipe feels strongly about. It’s no secret that Felipe is a extremely good pal of mine. He’s like a bit brother to me.

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“And if that is one thing that he feels strongly about and passionately about and when he talks about it, he’s very compelling and he’s very convincing within the truth he’s doing this for what he feels is for justice.”

Smedley believes any consequence by which Massa’s authorized problem proved profitable would have a precedent on not solely F1, however sport usually.

“All people ought to have a private proper to pursue, inside the bands of legality clearly, what they suppose is simply. And that’s the case with Felipe right here,” he continued.

“There’s a lot of completely different events concerned. We’re beginning to look again on the previous. The place it will find yourself, I’ve bought no thought. I preserve a watching transient on it. That’s sort of all I do, all I can do and all I wish to do.

“So it’s of curiosity, as a result of within the state of affairs the place it does get flipped, what does that open up at that time? When it comes to sporting choices, not solely in F1 however up to now.

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“That’s to not say that’s proper or flawed. I’m not making an attempt to fall on both aspect of the fence right here, it’s only a actually attention-grabbing aspect of all of this.

“If there’s a determination that favours what Felipe goes after, that can then be very, very attention-grabbing for a way sport usually offers with previous unjust choices, for example.”

‘The way you crash there, I’ve bought no thought’ 

Nelson Piquet Jr's wrecked Renault

Nelson Piquet Jr’s wrecked Renault

Nelson Piquet Jr intentionally crashed at Flip 17 on Lap 14, inflicting a Security Automobile that benefitted teammate Fernando Alonso and opened the door for his eventual victory.

Smedley was requested whether or not he and Ferrari had been suspicious on the time of Piquet’s accident, to which he replied: “The way you crash there, I’ve bought no thought. I wouldn’t have crash there and I don’t go about 30mph.

“I’ve bought no thought how younger Nelson crashed there. Effectively, we’ve bought an thought how he did it. I watched it reside and I used to be watching it considering ‘unusual’.

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“Then you definately watch the replays and by the third replay you suppose ‘OK, I perceive what’s occurred now’. It’s easy to work out. It was apparent straight after what had occurred.

“Then what the ramifications and the repercussions and the way you achieve justice and all the remainder of it. I don’t suppose there was anybody inside any aspect of doubt, particularly inside my shut circle, inside Ferrari and the fellows we had been in contact with within the paddock.

“We checked out it and stated ‘properly yeah, that’s fairly clear what occurred there.’” 

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