Felipe Massa claims that he was invited by Stefano Domenicali to the Sao Paulo paddock

Felipe Massa visited his home GP amidst the FIA lawsuit.

Felipe Massa claims that he was invited by Stefano Domenicali to the Sao Paulo paddock

Felipe Massa and Stefano Domenicali (via IMAGO)

The Brazilian GP has been closely related to Felipe Massa for a very long time now. The Brazilian racer has been in a legal war with FIA since 2008 due to championship controversy in 2008. Due to this, it was speculated that Massa would miss out on every Brazilian race.


But luckily the Brazilian was indeed spotted at the Interlagos weekend at the paddock. Despite the veteran’s happy visit at the race, the lawsuit between the FIA and him still stands.

The 42-year-old claimed that both the old-timers still were friends above all. Subsequently, the ex-pilot claimed that he couldn’t miss the opportunity to meet old friends in the sport and also he added that he couldn’t miss his home race. Massa additionally claimed that he visited the race not as an F1 ambassador but as a guest of the F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

Whatever happens, Stefano and I will continue to be friends. My presence has nothing to do with my demand. I just couldn't miss the home race and miss the opportunity to meet old friends 
Massa said, as reported by soymotor.com.

As soon as Massa was spotted in the paddock with Stefano Domenicali, fans started questioning about the updates of the lawsuit. Massa insisted that there was still no response from the FIA but assured the media that there were new developments regarding the lawsuit.


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What was the Felipe Massa controversy in 2008

Fans and Felipe Massa himself claimed that he was robbed of his championship in 2008. Lewis Hamilton won his maiden championship in that season by a mere one-point lead over the Brazilian. Subsequently, Felipe Massa revealed the major issue that caused him to lose the championship.

Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton.
Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton (via PlanetF1)

In the 2008 Singaporean GP controversy, Nelson Piquet Jr. reportedly claimed that his team had asked him to crash and overturn the results of the race under the safety car conditions. Subsequently, after the team fired Piquet, he exposed the entire situation of the Singapore GP in 2008.

Massa has claimed time and again that he will not give up in this legal battle and fight till the end. FIA has yet to reveal the entire details and give a final verdict on the lawsuit.


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