Twitter Goes Into Frenzy as Massa & Hamilton Awkwardly Discuss 2008 F1 Title Fight

Published 09/10/2021, 2:01 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Despite leading the pack through Q1 and Q2, Lewis Hamilton ended up losing the top spot to his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, during the final flying lap of Q3 at Monza. And the grid is officially set for the upcoming sprint race, where the drivers will be able to gain up to 3 points.

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Of course, these points will be extremely handy for Hamilton, whose title fight with Max Verstappen seems to be going down the wire. Hence, citing the closeness between the duo, the post-qualifying interviewer, had an awkward question for the 7-time world champion.

It was none other than Felipe Massa, who himself lost his championship fight to Hamilton by a single point in 2008 at Sao Paulo. The Brazilian ended up referring to that particular moment during the interview.

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What did Massa ask Lewis Hamilton?

During the interview, Massa questioned whether the 3 points from the sprint race could play a handy role in his title fight with Verstappen. In the process, he ended up rubbing his nose into the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Do you think, 2008, you know, when the championship finished in the last race in the last corner by one point, do you think this sprint race, 3 points, can even be more important maybe for the fight again on the championship?” he asked.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

It was certainly shocking to see Massa holding onto the mic in the parc ferme. And it was even more shocking that he brought up that particular moment in the interview. However, his body language suggested that he was prepping to shoot this question at Hamilton following the session.

Twitter reacts to the awkward Massa-Hamilton encounter

This isn’t surprising. The moment Massa came up with that question, F1 fans swarmed into Twitter to lay out their own opinions on the matter. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Big task in hand for Hamilton on Saturday

This is certainly not the kind of result Hamilton would have hoped for out of the qualifying session at Monza. Yes, P2 is a strong finish. But, this particular position on the starting grid isn’t going to help the Briton in any way. Why you might ask?

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in third position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Well, two crucial factors; slipstream and starting from the dirty side of the track. Hamilton will have to defend against Verstappen and Ricciardo going into turn 1 during the race start on Saturday. And the fact that Monza has a long run down into turn 1 will make defending harder for Hamilton.

Along with no car to gain tow on, Hamilton will have to start from the dirty side of the track. Hence, the Briton is certainly going to struggle with a lack of grip at the getaway. Hence, amidst numerous downsides to P2, can Hamilton unleash his best version of defense to fend off threats from Verstappen and others?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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