Brazilian Grand Prix: Suspense held racing fans on the edge of their seats until the last corner.
The final race of this exciting 2008 Formula One season was held today at Interlagos, Brazil and the drivers championship was still in the balance between Felipe Massa of Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren.
For Lewis Hamilton, a fifth place was good enough to be declared world champion. For Felipe Massa, a victory combined with a 6th or worse finish for the British driver was needed. Massa who started from the pole position completed his part of the task as he led this race from start to finish.
The race started under rainy conditions, shifted to dry conditions and finished once again under rainy conditions for the last six laps of the race. The final portion of the race gave the racing fans something to remember. As Massa crossed the finish line, his rival had given up the fifth place to Sebastian Vettel and was in sixth place, desperatly driving to gain back his fifth position.
With a couple of laps to go, all eyes were on Lewis Hamilton who was struggling, holding on to the fifth place. With two laps to go, Sebastian Vettel took the fifth position, momentarily giving the 2008 title to Felipe Massa. Until the very last corner, the Scuderia driver was world champion.
But in the last corner, Timo Glock who was still in fourth position because he did not wear rainy tires for the last portion of the race, was passed by Vettel and Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line in fifth place, barely enough to be declared the 2008 world champion.
As for the constructors championship, Ferrari finishes ahead of McLaren-Mercedes.
This 2008 season was by far the most exciting Formula One season in ages. The drivers championship was decided in the last meters of the eighteenth and final race. Too bad for those who did not follow F1 in 2008, they missed a hell of a show.
Brazilian Grand Prix top ten finish:
Winner: Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
2. Fernando Alonso (Renault) -13.298
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) -16.235
4. Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso) -38.011
5. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) -38.907
6. Timo Glock (Toyota) -44.368
7. Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren) -55.074
8. Jarno Trulli (Toyota) -1:08.463
9. Mark Webber (Red Bull) -1:19.666
10. Nick Heidfeld (BMW-Sauber) -1 lap
Drivers championship after 18/18 races:
1-Lewis Hamilton 98 points
2-Felipe Massa 97 points
3-Kimi Raikkonen 75 points
4-Robert Kubica 75 points
5-Fernando Alonso 61 points
6-Nick Heidfeld 60 points
7-Heikki Kovalainen 53 points
8-Sebastian Vettel 35 points
9-Jarno Trulli 31 points
10-Timo Glock 25 points
11-Mark Webber 21 points
12-Nelson Piquet Jr 19 points
13-Nico Rosberg 17 points
14-Rubens Barrichello 11 points
15-Kazuki Nakajima 9 points
16- David Coulthard 8 points
17-Sebastien Bourdais 4 points
18-Jenson Button 3 points
1-Ferrari 172 points
2-McLaren 151 points
3-BMW-Sauber 135 points
4-Renault 80 points
5-Toyota 56 points
6-Toro Rosso 39 points
7-Red Bull 29 points
8-Williams 26 points
9-Honda 14 points
(Picture: Lewis Hamilton, Canadian Press.)