Timo Glock, during the GP of Brazil 2008. Photo: Toyota F1
The Brazilian Grand Prix of 2008 was the, perhaps the outcome most electrifying and dramatic history. Felipe Massa, who had dominated the race from the start, crossed as winner the finish line at Interlagos believing Champion of the World. But, a little over a kilometer behind him, Lewis Hamilton went beyond to Timo Glock and was the fifth place that tilted the title in their favor. The German Toyota became the scapegoat for the frustration of the fans and the brazilian press. So totally unfair.
To seven laps from the end, the rain -which had already forced it to give the output with the peloton following the safety car– reappeared. The first classified (Massa, Alonso, Räikkönen, Hamilton and Vettel) decided to pit for tyres intermediate. By contrast, Toyota remained on track to Glock, they rose to the fourth position. Hamilton was fifth in that time, a position that he was worth to be crowned champion, but a little more than two laps, with graining in his tyres, he was passed by Vettel.
Felipe Massa (who, this weekend, will play his last Grand Prix in Brazil after having announced its withdrawal from Formula 1) then was the virtual champion. But fate had reserved him a cruel disappointment. On the last lap, the rain intensified and Glock began to lose ground in leaps and bounds, until, on the approach to the curve Junçao, while the joy overflowed in the box of Ferrari was overtaken by both Vettel as Hamilton.
it Is true that the German did not do a great thing by defending the position, which created suspicions of foul play and conspiracy theories. But what is certain is that, with your tires slick, Thymus was sold, and so explained it to the conclusion of the Grand Prize.
I don’t understand how there are people who think that I did a side. There was No way to contain those who were with tires of water and rolled much faster. I could not follow the appropriate line, as I had many scraps of rubber, and with the wet track was incredibly slippery. I had to follow the line that it was more safe for me and if Lewis hadn’t advance in that curve, he would have done later, because I in no way could go in depth on the next straight with my dry tyres.
Nor conspiracy, nor collusion, nor foul play. Simply, Toyota made a bet that turned out wrong, but that would have worked if the rain had taken a single minute more in building.