The former Ferrari competitor, Massa, 42, accuses the sport’s top figures of conspiring against him, claiming they were aware the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix was fixed and yet, they remained inactive until the following year.
The immediate yet failed Ferrari pit-stop following this led to Massa being unable to score. Consequently, he lost the championship by a single point to eventual seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, then of McLaren and currently representing Mercedes.
However, Wolff, speaking at a recent Singapore Grand Prix event, suggested Massa’s case might be without merit. “I don’t think he has a case, to be honest. We are signing up to sporting regulations that are very clear and you commit (to) as a licence holder. If everybody were to open up situations then the sport would be in disarray, especially when you look at the full championships,” he said.
Wolff further stated that the many factors affecting winning or losing a race make the case seem rather weak. He likened the situation to a drama unfolding, saying, “For me, this is like watching a telenovela or soap opera playing out in front of me.”
Responding to the comments made by Wolff, Massa was quoted by the Motorsport website as saying that Wolff’s remarks demonstrated “we are on the right path and that people in F1 are realising the seriousness and importance of our case. I’m seeking justice, my childhood dream, a title for an entire nation, for Brazilians. And for the tifosi [Ferrari fans] too.”
Previously, Wolff had indicated that Massa’s case would undoubtedly establish a precedent, and that Mercedes was observing “with curiosity.”
The 2021 championship also stirred controversy when Hamilton lost in the final race in Abu Dhabi to Max Verstappen of Red Bull, following a change in the safety car procedure by then race director, Michael Masi, who has now resigned.