Within the 2008 F1 title decider, race winner Massa crossed the road as world champion for Ferrari however Lewis Hamilton subsequently handed Glock – who was struggling for grip on dry tyres on a moist monitor – for the fifth place he wanted to take the title away.
Since that incident, Glock was blamed in some quarters for his half within the final result. The pair solely spoke of what occurred 13 years later in a chunk on Sky Sports activities F1, the place Massa stated he by no means thought for a second that Glock had achieved something deliberately to affect the result towards him.
This was underlined as they watched an onboard video of how a lot Glock was struggling to maintain his automobile on the monitor, whereas Timo revealed that the rostrum ceremony preparations had successfully closed the pit lane and he’d been informed to remain out.
Massa had by no means seen the onboard footage earlier than, and Glock stated he was utterly unaware that’d he’d determined the result of the championship however that “there are nonetheless folks on the market who suppose I did it on goal” and that his dad and mom had obtained threatening letters at house.
Massa stated: “I by no means had something towards Timo, I by no means thought he would have achieved something towards me deliberately. Anybody who understands motorsport is aware of that he had nothing to do in these situations.”
After placing his arm round Glock after which hugging of their interview, Massa determined to take their new friendship to a different stage by inviting Glock to companion him within the doubles race at Interlagos, which is the standard season-opener of the Brazilian Inventory Automotive Collection. They may share the #19 Chevrolet Cruze run by the Lubrax Podium crew.
“I had this concept on the finish of final yr, after we met on the Brazilian GP,” stated Massa. “I shared it with my sponsors, who quickly agreed. In addition to what it means to type a crew with Timo throughout the whole context of motorsport, it’s clear that we’re additionally on the lookout for a constructive outcome.
“I’m already in direct contact with him, passing on all doable data.”
The Inventory Automotive doubles race takes place subsequent Sunday, at 1:55 pm (native time), and shall be proven worldwide on Motorsport TV.
Massa’s invitation was rapidly accepted by Glock: “I am very completely happy to have the ability to go to Sao Paulo and be Felipe’s companion within the Inventory Automotive. It is going to be thrilling and a really particular weekend for me.
“I comply with the Inventory Automotive championship. You possibly can see that it’s a troublesome automobile to drive, however Felipe has already despatched me some onboard digicam pictures, in order that I can perceive the automobile. It is going to be loads of enjoyable, as a result of the championship has ‘massive names’ and plenty of quick drivers. I hope I can drive quick too.”