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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton addresses Massa 2008 legal action

Lewis Hamilton took his first world title in 2008, defeating Felipe Massa by one point.

Hamilton Massa
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Lewis Hamilton has addressed the latest developments in Felipe Massa's legal action over the controversial 2008 F1 Singapore Grand Prix.

Former Ferrari driver Massa has been exploring legal avenues over the title he lost to Hamilton by one point, despite winning a thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix season finale.

Action has been sparked by comments earlier this year from former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone that he and then-FIA president Max Mosley knew that Nelson Piquet Jr had crashed deliberately in that year's Singapore GP and that the race should have been expunged from the records.

Massa was leading the race in Singapore, looking set for a sizeable haul of points, but a blunder at the pit stop behind the Safety Car triggered by Piquet's deliberate accident saw him drive away with the re-fuelling hose still attached, ultimately finishing outside the points as Hamilton claimed six for a third-place finish.

While the Brazilian's lawyers are not seeking an amendment to the results, financial compensation for loss of bonuses, earnings and sponsorship is an avenue open to the 11-time Grand Prix winner.

But Hamilton, who won the title after passing Timo Glock's Toyota at the final corner on the last lap of the Brazil finale, has insisted he has no interest in the events.

Massa response

"I'm really just focused on here and now," Hamilton told media including RacingNews365.

"[I'm] helping a team get back in the championship race and am not really focused on what happened 15 years ago."

The seven-time World Champion also gave a simple response when asked if there were any updates regarding his new contract.

Both Hamilton's representatives and Mercedes have been locked in talks for a majority of the year trying to come to an agreement, seen by both parties as a matter of details.

There is a desire on both sides for fresh terms to be agreed, but Hamilton simply replied: "No" when the question of progress was put to him.

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