In a shocking revelation, former FIA Chief Jean Todt has claimed that the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, which ultimately led to Lewis Hamilton winning the World Championship, was "rigged" and should have been cancelled.
The race saw Renault's Fernando Alonso emerge as the winner after Ferrari's Felipe Massa suffered a pit-stop error. It was later revealed that this controversial race involved Nelson Piquet Jr crashing his car on purpose to help boost Alonso's strategy. Alonso himself has denied any knowledge of the plan.
Todt Speaks Out
Todt, who was previously the team principal for Ferrari, believes that the FIA and F1 should have taken stronger action against the race result. He stated, "There is no doubt that the Singapore Grand Prix was rigged and should have been cancelled."
Massa, who finished 13th in the race due to the pit-stop incident, has decided to challenge the result in court. If he is successful, he could claim the title for that year. Hamilton has been urged to speak about the ongoing legal battle, but Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff doesn't believe Massa has a strong case.
Wolff said, "I don't think he has a case, to be honest. We are signing up to sporting regulations. They're very clear, and you commit as a license holder. If everybody were to open up situations, then the sport would be in disarray."
As the legal battle unfolds, it remains to be seen what the future holds for the 2008 F1 World Championship title.