Massa suspects Alonso knew about Crashgate plan

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Fernando Alonso, Renault, Singapore, 2008Felipe Massa believes his former team mate Fernando Alonso knew of Renault’s plan to help him win the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix by causing a deliberate crash.

Massa lost the race to Alonso after Nelson Piquet Jnr, driving the second Renault, deliberately crashed his car on lap 14. This caused a Safety Car period which propelled Alonso to the front of the field.

Massa, who parted ways with Ferrari at the end of last year, said Alonso “knew everything” about the plan when asked about it in a recent interview for Autosport. “But he would never tell me,” Massa added.

The details of Renault’s plan to cause the crash came to light almost 12 months after the race. The FIA banned Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds from the sport for their involvement, but accepted Alonso’s denial he had prior knowledge of the plan.

Symonds has since returned to F1 and is now chief technical officer at Williams, who Massa has joined this year. “For sure, I will discuss it with him,” said Massa of Symonds, “but I am sure he is not the most important guy in what happened”.

“Sometimes people pay more than they need to,” Massa added. “I know how it works, these situations, in F1 but I will definitely talk to him.”

Massa, who has previously likened the race to a fixed football match, failed to score after a pit lane mishap during the Safety Car period triggered by Piquet Jnr’s crash. The points he lost to championship rival Lewis Hamilton that day ultimately cost him the 2008 title.

Massa added the FIA should have “cancelled” the result of the after once the truth came to light in September 2009.

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208 comments on Massa suspects Alonso knew about Crashgate plan

  1. Shaboopi said on 10th January 2014, 13:54

    Hey Felipe here is a mystery you don’t need to ask Pat to confirm….Alonso > massa.

  2. Andrew Simmons said on 10th January 2014, 17:36

    Felipe can moan about the crash all he wants. I dont recall Piquet’s crash making Ferrari let the car go out of the box with the fuel pipe still attached. I dont remember the crash making the team not run after him straight away to remove the fuel hose.

    Funnily enough, I dont remember Piquet’s crash causing Massa to spin out of the lead in malaysia. I dont remember Piquet’s crashing making Massa hit Coulthard not once, but TWICE in Australia. I dont remember Piquet’s crash causing Massa to spin lewis in Japan or misfueling in Canada or not fighting lewis in Germany.

    Funnily enough, I also dont remember Piquet’s crash causing lewis to get a penalty for blocking Heidfeld in Malaysia, stalling on the grid and hitting Alonso twice in Bahrain, crash into Kimi in Canada, Hamilton a penalty on the grid for France and then corner cutting during the race or overtaking kimi illegally.

    All what Lewis went through, and he still won. Massa can throw around Singapore all he wants, fact is, Massa threw it away at the start.

  3. Alejandro F. Martinez said on 11th January 2014, 23:12

    Mr Massa has been a useless driver for Ferrari since 2009. First through his unfortunate accident, but for the last 3 seasons he has not helped the team either by missdriving, involving himself in lousy situations with other drivers and most importantly, getting in the way of Alonso whenever he can; he impeded him from advancing and competing with the frontrunners in several ocations. He was also a lousy partner to Schumacher so it is a consistent attitude. Now he comes with these declarations while he only received nice words from Alonso in his departure which not only was expected, but long overdue. It is the problem Massa: whenever things don’t go his way he complains as if someone robbed him instead of looking in the mirror and looking what he did wrong.

  4. Jackal said on 12th January 2014, 23:19

    Alonso absolutely knew of the plan, and willingly participated in it. The only thing he did not do was ever admit to it. Slimy thing to do, of course …… but we are talking about Fernando after all.

  5. This was nothing, wait until double points are in and make a single race potentially very lucrative.

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