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Lewis Hamilton became the ninth Briton to win the FIA Formula 1 World Championship this year - and just like in 2007, the battle for the crown went all the way to the wire.
Indeed Interlagos was the scene for another title showdown and it wasn't until the final lap and the very final corner that the matter was decided. If ever there was a race that showed just what F1 should all be about it was the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 2.
columnist Mark Blundell looks back over the year and in the first of two
interviews about 2008 with Crash.net Radio's
Rob Wilkins, discusses the performances of Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Robert Kubica et al...
Mark, the 2008 F1 season finished in Brazil with a nail-biting grand prix. Looking back over the season, what do you think people will remember most about it?
They are going to remember that last race because it was a spectacular finish. It was probably one of the best sporting finishes we have seen in any sport over the last 10-15 years - and that makes it very memorable. Overall we have had a season with several different winners. We have had lots of politics in the sport - both on the track and off it again, and we have had the development of a new world champion. A host of other young guys have come through too. It has been a great season.
At the start of the year, you tipped Felipe Massa to take the drivers' title and Ferrari to take the constructors'. You came very close to getting it absolutely spot on, didn't you?
Yeah, but not quite close enough! [laughs]
I thought maybe Felipe was going to pull it off and over the course of the season he did incredibly well. There were a few little mishaps by the team, which were quite costly in terms of points that were lost. But then there were occasions when he didn't turn up with the goods too - Silverstone being one of them, where the wet conditions obviously didn't suit the car, but he was just off the circuit more than was really necessary. However, Massa matured a great deal and he was incredibly gracious at the end of the season. The way he handled defeat and missing out on the world championship was very commendable. I still think there is a world championship left in him.
Lewis Hamilton of course took the title, how important was it for him to do that after just missing out in 2007?
It was incredibly important for him to be in a position again to fight for the world championship and fortunately McLaren-Mercedes gave him a great car to do that. But the important factor is he made it count and that was a year on from all the trials and tribulations of 2007. He has learnt a great deal and he made the most of that. Some of the races he won were outstanding - Silverstone and Monaco for example. To be in only his second year and be the youngest to ever win the world championship is very special. He is still learning and everybody should be aware of that. There is a lot more to come from him and that is scary.
It's great for Britain isn't it to have another world champion?