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Felipe Massa’s Slide to 4th at 2014 Austrian GP Proves He Is Past His Peak

Felipe Massa has never viewed the Brazilian Grand Prix of 2008, the race which saw Lewis Hamilton claim the world championship at the last corner of the last lap of the season, as the day he lost the title. Instead, the Brazilian cites that year's Singapore Grand Prix, the fourth-from-last race of 2008, as the day when the tide turned in Hamilton's favour. That particular grand prix—the inaugural race in Singapore—was the stage of the infamous Crashgate scandal, which involved Nelson Piquet Jr., the Renault driver, deliberately crashing in to the wall to cause a safety car period and therefore presenting a race-winning opportunity for Fernando Alonso, his teammate. That safety car period led to Massa, who had led from pole ...

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