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Former F1 star reveals how controversy fueled Hamilton title triumph

Former F1 star reveals how controversy fueled Hamilton title triumph

Former F1 star reveals how controversy fueled Hamilton title triumph

Former F1 star reveals how controversy fueled Hamilton title triumph

Timo Glock has shared how he became embroiled in controversy after Lewis Hamilton snatched his first ever F1 world title in 2008.

As the curtain fell on the latter half of the season, Glock's journey saw four additional points finishes, with the pinnacle being a remarkable P6 that etched his name into the annals of F1 history.

During the intense setting of the championship decider in Brazil, Glock's unusual strategy call took centre stage. Amidst rain-soaked conditions, while many opted for a pit stop to switch to intermediate tyres, Glock dared to defy convention. Choosing to stay out on slicks, he swiftly ascended through the ranks.

As the checkered flag loomed, Hamilton, vying for the title against Felipe Massa, needed a crucial P6 finish.

Lewis Hamilton pipped Felipe Massa to the 2008 F1 world championship
Timo Glock had a big part to play in Hamilton's first triumph

Glock accused of favouritism

The iconic moment unfolded in the final sector when Martin Brundle's exclamatory, "Is that Glock?!" echoed through the tension-filled air.

Navigating the tricky Juncao, Glock found himself in the spotlight, unwittingly playing a pivotal role.

Hamilton seized the moment in the climactic and changing conditions, securing a decisive P5 in a spectacle that would go down in F1 folklore.

2008 proved pivotal for Hamilton's career as he's gone on to win seven world titles in total

“I never thought this would happen to me,” Glock told the official F1 website. “We tried to just do our race and make the maximum out of it and at the end we gained positions by staying out, but no one told me that I’m the guy who decided the championship.

“Even when I came back after the race and I parked behind Lewis, I asked my engineer who won the championship and he said, ‘It’s Lewis’. I went to Lewis, said congratulations, walked away and this whole bunch of journalists ran down. I thought, ‘OK, they’re all going to Lewis’, so I stepped aside. Then they all came to me!"

Glock's German nationality fueled media conjecture, with some suggesting he had some involvement in aiding the Mercedes-powered McLaren.

“I was asked these weird questions like, ‘Was it on purpose?’, ‘Why did you do that?’, blah, blah, blah. I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’ I had no idea. My physiotherapist came to me, grabbed me, pulled me back to the pits and explained to me what really happened. I said, ‘OK, now I understand what’s going on’. It’s part of F1 history.”

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