RaceFans Round-up: Singapore ’08 should have been cancelled


In the round-up: Jean Todt, who was formerly a president of the FIA and team principal at Ferrari, has endorsed Felipe Massa’s call for the result of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to be cancelled.

In brief

Former FIA president agrees Singapore GP result should have been cancelled

Massa is mounting a legal bid to have the result of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix cancelled as he believes the FIA failed to take action when it first learned of the ‘Crashgate’ conspiracy. Renault had instructed Nelson Piquet Jnr to crash during the race in order to help his team mate Fernando Alonso win.

Todt stood down from his role in charge of Ferrari at the end of 2007 and became FIA president three years later, after his predecessor Max Mosley oversaw the governing body’s response to the Crashgate affair. He told La Stampa he does not wish to be drawn into the controversy around the case but acknowledged the episode was “very hard for [Massa] psychologically.”

“Maybe we could have been tougher when this story became known,” Todt continued. “There is no doubt that the Singapore Grand Prix was rigged and should have been cancelled.”

Schumacher drives 2023 Mercedes in Magny-Cours test

A contemporary Formula 1 car has run once more at Magny-Cours, which hosted the French Grand Prix from 1991 to 2008. The track is hosting a Pirelli tyre development test.

Mick Schumacher is conducting the test at the wheel of Mercedes’ 2023 F1 car. He navigated a low-grip track due to cold temperatures and rain to complete 90 laps.

The bad weather did not prove detrimental for the test, since Pirelli had brought several different prototypes of intermediate and wet compound tyres to be used. Schumacher’s fastest lap on intermediate tyres was a 1’35.542, and his fastest on wet compound tyres was 1’41.962 on the full wet. It is set to be dry but cloudy on the second day of the test today.

Piastri: “At McLaren, we are encouraged to question the team”

Oscar Piastri shed light on how he and team mate Lando Norris are encouraged to challenge McLaren’s decision-making during races – but not excessively. “I’m a pretty reserved guy ad I think it kind of comes across in my radio messages all the time,” he told the Eff Won podcast.

“For us at McLaren, we actually are encouraged to question the team. But once [only in each instance]. And then once we’ve got the next message on what the plan is – sometimes that’s the same message, which you respect, but sometimes they will see it from a different perspective if you can give them a reason that maybe they haven’t thought of. That’s what these conversations are for.

“If you’re the driver behind, you’re always going to want to be let past because having clean air is always beneficial. It always goes two ways. Sometimes it might seem like there’s tension in there, but it’s the kind of conversation that helps us move forward together and see things from different perspectives.”

Campos sign Goethe for 2024 FIA F3 Championship

New Red Bull junior team member Oliver Goethe will be part of Campos Racing’s line-up in the 2024 FIA Formula 3 Championship.

The 19-year-old dominated in Euroformula last year, then moved to FIA F3 with Campos, contesting two rounds of the 2022 season. He spent the 2023 campaign with Trident and took one win and one pole en route to eighth in the standings.

Goethe reunited with Campos for the FIA F3 World Cup-awarding Macau Grand Prix, finishing ninth, and is the team’s first confirmed signing for the 2024 season.

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