McLaren: not the pit lane’s party animals. But they let their (crew cut) hair down to celebrate Lewis Hamilton’s world championship title. Here’s a selection of pictures from Hamilton’s triumphant return to the McLaren Technology Centre.
…he’d have been fourth. Probably.
The British press on Hamilton’s title
Lewis Hamilton became F1’s youngest ever world champion as the destiny of the 2008 title switched between him and rival Felipe Massa on the final lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix. In Massa was already over the finishing line when Hamilton took a crucial fifth place of Timo Glock as the German driver struggled on … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton is champion in epic climax to final race
Hamilton and Ferrari claim 2008 titles
Hamilton wins title at final turn
Lewis Hamilton has won the 2008 F1 world championship after finishing fifth in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton has become the youngest ever driver to win the F1 world championship. Aged 23 years and 301 days, he has beaten Fernando Alonso’s record of 24 years 59 days which was set in 2005. Hamilton is the … Continue reading Hamilton wins the 2008 F1 title and becomes youngest world champion
Rate the Brazilian Grand Prix out of ten and share your thoughts on the season finale below.
Felipe Massa starts the Brazilian Grand Prix from pole position with title rival Lewis Hamilton down in fourth on the grid. But which of them is carrying the most fuel? Can Hamilton avoid trouble at the start? And how will the expected rain affect the race? Here are my pre-race thoughts on the Brazilian Grand … Continue reading Brazilian Grand Prix pre-race analysis
Massa on pole, Hamilton fourth
Felipe Massa thrilled the home crowd by taking pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix for the third year in a row. But this year it means even more as he faced down Lewis Hamilton for the world championship. Hamilton starts fourth behind Jarno Trulli and Kimi Raikkonen.
After the first day’s practice in Brazil both Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton claimed their cars would be very strong on the Interlagos circuit – even though neither of them set the fastest time so far. Fernando Alonso’s 1’12.296 stands as the fastest time of the weekend so far. But his time, set in the … Continue reading Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton both expect to be quick after Brazil practice
In the run-up to the final race of the season several people have left comments here pointing out that Lewis Hamilton would already be champion had he not received that infamous penalty at Spa-Francorchamps. Without it the drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó championship would already be over. Is that a good thing or not?
Several of the major British newspapers are reporting today about a Spanish-registered website set up to direct taunts at Lewis Hamilton. Here’s a typical example of the coverage from The Sun: F1 ace Lewis Hamilton is facing another vile race hate campaign from Spanish yobs as he prepares to win the drivers’ title. Racist abuse … Continue reading British press fury over Hamilton hate site
Hamilton and Ferrari are favourites
Lewis Hamilton goes into the final round of 2008 knowing that he has the car to win the race – and that he only needs fifth place to guarantee the world championship and a place in the F1 history books. Nothing in F1 is ever as simple as that, but there are several reasons why … Continue reading McLaren look strong again as Hamilton goes for title (2008 Brazilian GP preview)
Robert Kubica was the driver most F1 Fanatic readers wanted to win the Formula 1 championship when we did a poll on it before the Chinese Grand Prix. Kubica is out of the running now and only Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa can win the title this weekend. So, who do you want to be … Continue reading Who do you want to be champion? (2)
Next weekend Felipe Massa will experience a unique cocktail of pressures very few Formula 1 drivers ever have to face. Finding yourself in a championship showdown that’s gone down to the final race is one thing – doing it all at your home Grand Prix is quite another.
There’s nothing like a championship-deciding, last-race-of-the-season nail-biter. This year we have the added piquancy of one of the title contenders racing on home ground – something I’ve never seen in almost 20 years of watching Grands Prix. Here are some of the most memorable title deciders for me – what’s yours?
What happens to Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos in just over a week’s time will play a crucial role in shaping our understanding and opinions of a man who is rapidly becoming (or perhaps already is) F1’s most famous driver. And whether the story ends in victory or defeat is not entirely down to him.