Having a blast of a rookie year in 2007, Hamilton was stronger than anyone ever imagined. Stringing 9 consecutive podiums and the win in Fuji meant he was certain to be the champion in 2 races time.
He claimed pole in the penultimate round in China. Alonso was 12 points behind in the standings and Raikkonen was 17. The Brit committed a blunder though beaching the car in pit entry during his pitstop and retired.
In the last race, he suffered a gear selection problem and dropped to dead last. The issue resolved itself and he started his charge back but could only finish P5. Raikkonen with a win squandered both Hamilton and Alonso’s chances. He took the title from right under Hamilton and Alonso’s noses by 1 point.