Aston Martin F1 Member Thanks Lewis Hamilton for 2008 Triumph With McLaren

Published 11/03/2021, 7:47 AM EDT
Formula One, F1- Lewis Hamilton racing in McLaren, 2008 Grand Prix. Courtesy: Reuters


Lewis Hamilton’s journey to equaling Michael Schumacher’s record began exactly a year ago. In his second year in the sport, the Briton had become a world champion. In what a truly exceptional finish, the celebrations in the McLaren garage were loud and boastful as the team welcomed their seventh world champion. Matt Bishop, an F1 journalist, shared his experience with the joyous team.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Bishop, who is now the Chief officer for communications in Aston Martin, was formerly a part of the McLaren family. ‘The Bish’ also worked closely with Lewis Hamilton in his final season with McLaren. Thus, the journalist found himself amid the championship celebrations in 2008, one he recalls with great detail.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Bishop took to Twitter to thank Hamilton, the man responsible for the smiles across the McLaren garage.

“We old McLarenites should pause to say thank you, dear Lewis, once again, for 2 November 2008, the best day of my professional life, when we shouted ourselves hoarse in the Interlagos garage as that amazing last lap unfolded, & you became F1 world champion.”

Although Lewis went on to leave his debut team after the 2008 season, he remains McLaren‘s most recent titleholder.

Lewis Hamilton and the 2008 race in Brazil

The hubbub of the final laps of the 2008 Brazilian GP remains unmatched. Felipe Massa crossed lead the race from the pole position; the Brazilian was the first to meet the checkered flag at his home race. However, as Ferrari celebrated their champion, Lewis Hamilton swooped in to take the crown, outscoring Massa by a single point.

The disappointment in Ferrari’s garage contrasted the uproar at McLaren. However, as Bishop thanked the 2008 champion, he also lauded Felipe Massa for the way he responded to the heartbreak.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Bishop recalled, “He did everything he possibly could: he won his home GP from pole, he thought he was world champion for about a minute, then he behaved with restraint & dignity when he was hurting like crazy inside. True sportsmanship.”

: Formula One – F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix 2008 – Interlagos – November 2, 2008 McLaren Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the World Championship with the McLaren team and his brother Nicholas (C) Courtesy: Reuters

What Massa hoped to be a grand celebration with his home crowd had a bittersweet ending. Although he won the race for the second time, the crown had Hamilton’s name on it. Nonetheless, Massa will remain an essential name in the sport’s hist0ry.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

For Hamilton, however, the journey that began 13 years ago, has reached a crucial point in 2021. Michael Schumacher‘s record of 7 titles, having been equaled last season, is waiting to be broken. However, with Max Verstappen standing between him and making history, will Hamilton extend his legacy in 2021?

Watch this story: Lewis Hamilton: Ranking His F1 World Titles From 2008 to 2020

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Shreya Sanjeev

627 articles

Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT