Massa 'certain' Alonso involved in crash-gate

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso / Copyright: Ferrari

Felipe Massa risked tainting his forthcoming 2010 pairing at Ferrari with Fernando Alonso this week by declaring that the Spaniard must have known about Nelson Piquet's deliberate crash in Singapore.

"Without a doubt he knew it," Brazilian Massa, who will be joined at Ferrari by the current Renault driver next year, told a group of journalists in a Sao Paulo restaurant on Wednesday.

"There is no way he couldn't know it. I'm certain," he added, when asked about 28-year-old Alonso's knowledge of the crash-gate affair.

By the Spanish news agency EFE, Massa was quoted as adding: "Without a doubt, Fernando knew it. Logically he had to. There is no way he couldn't have."

Italian reports added that Massa and Alonso have had no contact since the Spaniard was confirmed as a 2010 Ferrari driver.

Later, a statement appeared on Ferrari's official website, playing down Massa's comments that caused "some uproar on the internet".

The Italian team said Massa, also 28, wanted to clarify his comments.

"What I've said is the outcome of a hunch I've had and is not based on any concrete evidence," said Massa, who insisted he respects that the FIA cleared Alonso of any implication in the affair.

"What is certain is that this episode will not mar in any way the relationship I'll have with Fernando when we will be teammates," he added.

Source: GMM

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wayhey wayhey
I can't believe all you guys can't see what is plainly obvious from Alonzo's past record. He knew and he is a cheat. He cheated at Mclaren with the pitstop when he held up Hamilton and was penalised. He also tried to Blackmail Ron Dennis. Why do you all think he's so squeeky clean with crashgate, I strongly suspect the whole thing was actually HIS idea but it has been covered up to protect the sport.There was talk of a bigger scandal last season after this happened but it all went quiet, I think this was it!
Mar 11th, 2010 12:46am
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wow that was pointless
Oct 19th, 2009 3:50am
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unknownuser unknownuser
With a Spanish bank coming in as one of the major sponsors for Ferrari I think Mr. Massa should start looking for another drive if he keeps this up. The team has a really good reason to drop him like a brick without doing any damage to their image: For starters he's had a seriously freak accident that is really unfortunate and the team has done a good job with their image of remaining supportive of him, being patient, and assuring the press that he will keep his seat. He returns after triumphantly recoviering from his accident...but no matter what he does the team can cite that Massa is not fit enough or does not have the pace as he used to...we've been patient but we can't support him any longer blah blah blah...and drop him. Or does Massa bring some cash in for the Scuderia?? Looks like the team's penchant for keeping a Brazilian in their cars there must be some cash coming in from Brazil...
Oct 18th, 2009 2:05am
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mickey_f1 mickey_f1
It appears that Jeremy Clarkson was right when he suggested that Massa could turn into an "irritating little arse". :)
Oct 17th, 2009 4:57am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
You know, i think if you took a key suspension piece to the head at 250km/h+ you'ld be a generally day-to-day angry person for a while especially when no one took responsibility, not that they should. I think Massa is right to have this opinion, its obviously true. However i do think he should close his mouth to the media, not because Alonso is his partner but because no one likes a snitch(except for Piquet, he had his reasons)
Oct 17th, 2009 12:08am
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Lamborghini Lamborghini
Holy, my bad, I mean I totally agree with 350Z and joshg_5.
Oct 16th, 2009 1:57pm
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Lamborghini Lamborghini
Totally agree with you Andreas&"mn07".. Massa is really becoming a pathetic fool, trying to accuse everything and everyone who was in the 2008 championship. In my opinion Massa is just a f***ing cunt. Excuse my language, but that is how it is.Peace
Oct 16th, 2009 1:55pm
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joshg_5 joshg_5
Why is Massa being such a sour-puss? He's mad he's not winning...lol
Oct 16th, 2009 10:07am
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andreas350z andreas350z
ferrari should have kept kimi instead of massa...
Oct 16th, 2009 8:21am
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RacyFan RacyFan
Here we go again! Massa once again opens his big mouth and once again garbage comes out. Maybe the Doctors should have done everyone a favor and stich his mouth shut. I am not a big Alonzo fan but I feel bad for him being in the same Team with Massa.
Oct 16th, 2009 6:53am
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mn07 mn07
Stop guys you all have the wronge idea think about it if alonso and his team didn't cheat then Massa would be the world champion. So they stop him.I would hate Alonso if i was Massa too. But i am not I love ALonso so suck it up and try again
Oct 16th, 2009 6:40am
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nederina nederina
Rubbish. I blame the British media for making such a hype for the Spaniard when he was in McLaren or Renault. Guess it is a good thing that he is leaving UK to Italy. Felipe, you don't want to change your last name to Piquet.
Oct 16th, 2009 5:29am
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Cootje Cootje
Why does Ferrari spend anymore euro's in such a loser as Massa? With his driving skills he should instruct elder people in 15km cars.
Oct 16th, 2009 4:11am
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Ya'll need to chill, Massa is only confirming what we all knew. There ain't no way alonso didn't know about it, because everyone know alonso was the team leader at Renault he ran the whole show. This ain't got nothing to do with Massa fearing alonso. All i can say is I hope alonso does not kill Ferrari like he did Renault and maclaren
Oct 16th, 2009 2:22am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
Exactly, we all know Alonso was in on the conspiracy aside from benefiting from it. We all know that Massa is essentially in the same league as Alonso but with the typical bull**** at Ferrari Massa is going to have to deal with more bull**** team orders and if ahead of Alonso be demanded to make way for the punk Alonso. I always loved Renault and respected Alonso's talent, but i can't stand his character. It seems many forgot how much Alonso whines and complains as well.
Oct 16th, 2009 8:16am
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i do not believe that Massa said that !!
Oct 16th, 2009 2:21am
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nederina nederina
Massa is afraid of being slower than Alonso. Remember that Alonso won two world championship from Schumacher, his team mate back then.
Oct 16th, 2009 1:56am
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chris25 chris25
Is Alonso really curse by his team mates or is something that nobody like him? like Heikki, Lewis & Nelison. Grow up loser & be mature Massa, he is going to be a team mate or otherwise he is going to punch the other eye of yours.
Oct 16th, 2009 1:15am
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6spdaudi 6spdaudi
Shut thy mouth and race. You get paid enough for all the drama.
Oct 16th, 2009 12:28am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
He's entitled to his opinion, just like you are with your foolish one above.
Oct 16th, 2009 12:45am
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thamzn thamzn
How to make friends and influence people. Come 2011 Massa is gone.
Oct 15th, 2009 11:50pm
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kuklukklak kuklukklak
Stop whining, looser!
Oct 15th, 2009 11:06pm
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