The 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix Was One of the Wildest F1 Races Ever

Lewis Hamilton took his first world title in one nail-biter of a race.

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After last weekend's Mexico Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was crowned world champion for the fifth time in his career. As part of the celebration, the Formula 1 YouTube channel uploaded the full two-hour recording of the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, where Hamilton won his first world championship. It's one of the greatest F1 races of the modern era. Don't believe me? Just watch.

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With around six laps go go in the 71-lap race, rain started to fall. Hamilton needed to hold off Sebastian Vettel to finish at least fifth to claim the title from Felipe Massa, who was in the lead of the race. As the finish line closed in, the rain gave Vettel the opportunity to pass Hamilton. By the last lap, Hamilton couldn't regain his position, and all hope seemed lost. But, in a freak stroke of luck, Timo Glock, who was in fourth, suddenly slowed down on track (he was still on slicks at the time), allowing Vettel and Hamilton to pass. That means Hamilton finished fifth, and claimed the title. There's even footage of the Ferrari garage celebrating Massa's title win before being told that Hamilton stole it from under him. Fantastic stuff.

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