2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
One of the most dramatic and poignant races that Hamilton has driven is certainly the race at Interlagos track in 2008. At the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix of 2008, Felipe Massa of Ferrari needed to win the race, with Lewis Hamilton of McLaren finishing 6th or worse, in order to secure the F1 World Championship.
Massa managed a win in his dominant display at the front, starting from pole position. While,Massa crossed the chequered flag , Hamilton was struggling for pace behind Vettel in 6th. Massa and Scuderia faithful began celebrating the win and his title. But fate played a cruel game with the Ferrari driver, and Massa’s celebration was shortlived, as Hamilton overtook a strugging Timo Glock at the wet Interlagos track to finish 5th ,39.09 seconds after Massa had crossed the line. It couldn’t have been any crazier and dramatic than this. Joy turned to tears and frustration turned to tears of joy.
On the slowing down lap Hamilton lifted his visor and dabbed his eyes, saying on the radio “I am speechless.” He applauded the crowd and thanked god by pointing his fingers in the sky with overflowing emotions. Later, Lewis Hamilton was congratulated by an emotional Massa on winning his first of the three World Championship.