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Renault cost me title, says Massa

Felipe Massa
Massa lost out to Hamilton by one point in 2008

Ferrari's Felipe Massa has accused Renault of robbing him of the 2008 drivers' championship.

The Brazilian was leading last year's Singapore Grand Prix when Nelson Piquet Jr crashed deliberately, which helped Fernando Alonso to win the race.

"All of what happened was robbery. Regarding the race nothing has happened, the result stays the same. That's not right," said Massa.

"It changed the championship. I lost by one point."

He was beaten to the title on the final race of the season by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who went on to finish third in Singapore.

Massa failed to score in that race after a disastrous pit-stop during the safety car period in which he drove away with the fuel hose still attached.

Piquet Jr revealed earlier this year that he had deliberately crashed in order to give Alonso a better chance of winning.

606: DEBATE

Renault were given a permanent suspended ban and former team boss Flavio Briatore has been banned for life for his involvement.

Piquet Jr was given immunity by motorsport's governing body, the FIA, in return for testifying.

Massa is convinced the punishments were too lenient.

"I have seen in football how a referee took money to throw a game and all the matches he influenced were annulled," he said.

"The team responsible were relegated. Here they just sent Briatore home. I don't understand it and I don't think it was right."

Massa is recovering from a life-threatening head injury he suffered at the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this year. He is set to return in 2010, when he will drive alongside Alonso.

Hamilton wished Massa well in his recovery, but dismissed any suggestion that the Singapore result should be annulled.

"First, I have to say that it's good that he's recovering and back on his feet and back to his normal self and feeling good," said the Briton.

"I think all I can say is that it was a tough season, things happened, there were lots and lots of 'what ifs' throughout the season, so I'm a bit surprised to hear him say that, to be honest.

"I believe we had a fair battle throughout the season, so I'm a bit surprised."



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Massa to use Ferrari F1 simulator
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Piquet Jr 'sorry' for race-fixing
21 Sep 09 |  Formula 1
Renault handed suspended F1 ban
21 Sep 09 |  Formula 1
Renault blames Briatore & Symonds
17 Sep 09 |  Formula 1
Briatore out over Renault fix row
16 Sep 09 |  Formula 1
Piquet Jr dropped by Renault team
04 Aug 09 |  Formula 1
Alonso wins as Hamilton prospers
28 Sep 08 |  Formula 1


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