Massa: "I Lost Title Because of Piquet's Crash"
Looking back at what happened on the Marina Bay circuit a year ago, Massa can only feel frustrated with the final outcome. While leading the race and in a comfortable position to win it – considering his great form that weekend – Piquet's crash triggered the deployment of the safety car and, from that point on, everything went from bad to worst.
Not only Massa lost the lead in the race, but the mistake of his mechanics when refueling his car – they forgot to detach the fuel hose from the Ferrari F2008 – caused him to drop further down the pack. In the end, he never got to score a point in Singapore. Lewis Hamilton went on to finish 3rd and walked away with 6 points. In the end, Massa lost the title by a single point.
“All of what happened was robbery - but regarding the race nothing has happened, the result remains the same. This is not right. The robbery changed the outcome of a championship and I lost (the title),” said Massa in an interview with Brazilian TV Globo.
“I have seen in football how a referee took money to throw a game and all the suspect results were annulled. In Italy, Juventus were relegated. But here they just sent Briatore home. I don't get it and I don't think it was right,” added the Brazilian driver.
However, Massa did point the finger at Piquet for not coming clean with the story earlier. The Ferrari-an blames his fellow countryman for revealing the crash-gate as part of a revenge process, as Piquet admitted to the whole affair only after he was fired by Renault.
“Nelsinho knew he was going to be fired. I believe that admitting a mistake is a good thing, because the guy told the truth. He shouldn't have waited so long to tell the truth. He told [the truth] because he was fired, this is not cool,” added Massa, who said it would be close to impossible for Piquet to return to the series after this scandal.