Massa lost out on vital points in his championship challenge as a result of Piquet’s crash. The 2008 championship saw Massa defeated by a single point by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.
“As you can imagine I don’t want to make any comment on this matter, I have a good relationship with all the stakeholders!” Vasseur commented.
“It’s quite tricky, for sure the circumstances were completely exceptional… but more generally and not about Felipe I think we are trying to push the FIA to know the result of the event at the chequered flag, and perhaps this would be strange.
“I’m not a big fan to change the result of the race 15 minutes after the chequered flag [let alone 15 years]!”
Details about ‘Crashgate’ emerged publicly the following year with Renault handed a two-year suspended ban from F1, while team boss Flavio Briatore and technical chief Pat Symonds were also disciplined for their roles in the incident.
At the time, Massa led calls for the FIA to cancel the result of the Singapore Grand Prix, however the FIA’s International Sporting Code dictated that classification from each season is set in stone once the FIA Awards ceremony is completed.