Former FIA president Jean Todt has aligned himself with Felipe Massa's perspective on the controversial 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, saying that the 'rigged' race should have been 'cancelled' and erased from the records.
The incident badly affected Massa, as a botched pit-stop under the Safety Car at Marina Bay led to him finishing outside of the points. Meanwhile, rival Lewis Hamilton gained six points for a third-place finish, going on to secure the title by a single point in Brazil.
Massa and his legal team are seeking significant compensation, claiming a 'conspiracy' related to the Piquet-induced 'Crashgate'.
Todt: 'No doubt race was rigged'
While Massa still awaits Ferrari's public endorsement, Todt, who was Massa's Ferrari team principal at the time, agrees that the Singapore Grand Prix should be officially removed from the record books.
Speaking to La Stampa about the situation, Todt believes that Ferrari could have stamped down harder on the event at the time.
“I'm not going to get into the controversy. It was very hard for him psychologically. Maybe we could have been tougher when this story became known.” he said.
“There is no doubt that the Singapore Grand Prix was rigged and should have been cancelled.”
Todt resigned from his post as CEO of Ferrari in early 2009, just months after Massa suffered heartbreak at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.
If Massa is successful in getting the result overturned, it would mean that Michael Schumacher would return to being the outright world titles leader with seven F1 world championships, while Hamilton would have six.
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