Anyone else follow Formula 1?
The final race was today and to say the results were dramatic would be a gross understatement.
The Driver’s Championship came down to the final race (as it did last year) with Lewis Hamilton leading Felipe Massa by 7 points. If Hamilton finishes 5th or better he wins the overall championship, even if Massa wins the race. Massa must finish 1st or 2nd and hope for a poor finish from Hamilton in order to clinch.
The race is in Sao Paulo in front of Massa’s home crowd (he was born less than 100 yards from the circuit).
Massa takes the pole, Hamilton starts in 4th and the race is on. Everything is going fairly normally until about 5 laps from the finish when rain starts moving in. For those who don’t normally follow F1, they continue to race in the rain (unless it’s a complete washout).
The shenanigans begin, with everyone pitting to change to wet-weather tires except for the two Toyotas. After the frenzy Massa still has the lead but Hamilton has fallen to 5th because Timo Glock in a Toyota is still out on dry tires and is sitting in 4th spot. Hamilton has Sebastian Vettel behind him and Vettel is fast and pushing.
Hamilton gets overtaken by Vettel with 2 laps to go which puts him in 6th - and in position to lose the Driver’s Championship to Massa. He tries to overtake Vettel but cannot. On the last turn of the last lap Timo Glock on the dry-weather tires goes wide and slow and both Vettel and Hamilton pass him, putting Hamilton into 5th and taking the championship. An 18-race season spread out over 8 months gets decided in the last 5 seconds on the last turn of the last lap of the last race.
So, did anyone else see this?
Who were you rooting for?
At least the stewards didn’t change the race outcome after the end of the race like they did in Belgium!