2008: LEWIS HAMILTON

Model produced by: Paul’s Model Art (Minichamps)

Year: 2008
Driver: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain)
Team: McLaren Mercedes
Car: McLaren MP4-23
Results: 5 wins, 10 podiums, 7 poles, 1 fastest lap

It doesn’t get any better than this! A championship won at the last corner of the last lap of the last race of the season. A chaotic and rainy race, to be exact. Ferrari guys were already celebrating the championship when they realized Felipe Massa didn’t win it.

After troubled season at McLaren Alonso went back to uncompetitive Renault. Raikkonen had plenty of technical issues with his Ferrari in the middle part of the season, so by the end of the season, there were only two title contenders: Lewis Hamilton with McLaren and Felipe Massa with Ferrari. Massa won 6 races this season, Hamilton 5, while Raikkonen and Alonso only managed 2.

Hamilton needed to finish at least fifth in the Brazilian Grand Prix (the last GP of the season) to secure the World Championship. After a hard fought race Hamilton was in fifth but, after rain, and in the closing laps of the race, Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Toro Rosso took the fifth position away from Hamilton. Had the race ended then, this would have given the driver’s title to Massa.

On the final lap of the race first Vettel and then Hamilton managed to pass Timo Glock of Toyota, after Glock (unlike Hamilton) had risked staying on the track with dry-weather tyres, despite the rain.This moved Hamilton back up to fifth, ensuring that he finished one point ahead of Massa overall and winning the 2008 title. Hamilton’s overtaking move happened after Massa had crossed the line to win. This meant that Hamilton had clinched the 2008 Formula One World Championship, becoming the youngest driver to win the title (he lost that title to Sebastian Vettel in 2010), as well as the first black driver.

One of the great moments of the season was wet weekend at Monza. Young raising star Sebastian Vettel in a Toro Rosso (ex-Minardi) dominated the weekend. He became the youngest pole sitter and the youngest race winner in F1 history.

(Source: Wikipedia)

See the championship-deciding last lap thriller

And another great moment at Spa, Hamilton vs. Raikkonen

See the official FIA Gala 2008 Season review

See the model of Vettel’s Toro Rosso (youngest F1 race winner)

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