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Brazilian drama!


Lewis Hamilton proved me wrong, but not through spectacular driving, but rather because Timo Glock could not handle his “dry tyres”. I must say that as a Mclaren fan I am obviously ecstatic about the win in terms of the drivers champion and I think that this might just be the impetus to get Lewis on the road to many more championships.

I feel for Felipe who drove an absolutely awesome race and did absolutely everything he could do to win the title.

Lewis got lucky and in my opinion did not drive the race like the champion he has now become. He played it too safe and this almost cost him the title.

I am intrigued that this phenomenon seems to pervade many sportsman, they get so close to the end that they stop doing the very things that got them there. I understand the team strategy to keep the car together and ensure it made it too the end of the race, but it was not a comfortable race by any stretch of the imagination.

Well done to Lewis and Mclaren for the drivers championship, but equally well done to Ferrari on the constructors championship, but they must be really disappointed, as they should have had both title this season. 

Let’s see what 2009 holds and I am sure that we are going to have just as dramatic a season as we have seen completed yesterday!

Brazilian Grand PrixFelipe MassaFerrariLewis Hamiltonmclarenworld champion

Mike • November 3, 2008

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  1. Tamara November 3, 2008 - 3:04 pm

    Poor Massa, he was perfect.

    But let’s face it, Hamilton was unfairly penalised earlier in the season and would have actually had it sewn up by Sunday already if not for that. As for playing it safe, I don’t think that’s what he wanted to do, but he was probably remembering China from last year.

    Thanks for popping by my blog 😉

  2. The Devil November 3, 2008 - 9:10 pm

    Congatulations to McLaren and Lewis Hamilton. Although I am a die-hard Ferrari fan the Scuderia made far too many mistakes to deserve the title.

    McLaren went conservative in Brazil and it sooo nearly cost them the title.

    Massa drove a perfect race but his bad start to the season came back to haunt him bigtime in front of his home crowd. I really admire the way he handled the post race podium and interviews.

    “This is racing’ he said and “I’ll learn from this” Hopefully Ferrari get their act together and operate better as a team in 2009.

    It will be interesting to see who are the biggest baddest wolfs on the grid with the new rules and slick tires that might change the pecking order!

    My driver of the season? Not Hamilton and not Massa but Fernando Alonso who hauled Renault up from the mid field to a regular podium finisher in the latter part of the season. And second best in Sebastian Vettel. Watch this boy a future champion in the making for sure!

  3. Mike November 3, 2008 - 11:04 pm

    Good to see you back Mr D happy holidays and I must say that I agree with you on your driver of the season, particularly the last four races, where he pulled the most point of any driver!

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