Former F1 driver Felipe Massa explains how he coped with losing the 2008 title to Lewis Hamilton on the last corner of the last race of the season.
Lewis Hamilton won his first world title back in 2008, and it happened in dramatic fashion. His title rival Felipe Massa won the final race of the season, and with Lewis running in P6 at that moment, the Brazilian thought he was the world champion.
Unfortunately for him, the tricky wet conditions allowed Hamilton to pass Timo Glock on the final corner of the race to claim P5, which was enbough for him to win the championship for himself.
Needless to say, when Massa and the Ferrari team, who were already celebrating, learned what had happened, they were devastated.
However, in a new interview with Polish site Swiat Wyscigow, Massa said it ultimately wasn’t difficult to accept the fact that he lost.
“It’s not difficult to be honest,” the Brazilian said.
“That message, it was normal. I mean, for sure, it was not the message I was expecting to receive.
“But by everything that was happening in the race, it was raining at the end, I thought everything could have been possible, and I understood that.
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“I mean, Lewis was in the middle of the fight, so maybe it can be good, it can be bad. Then, when he said that message, I was disappointed.
“But I won the race. It wasn’t depending on myself; it was depending on the position behind. I couldn’t do anything. I did my job in the [most] perfect way I could.”
Furthermore, Massa said he doesn’t want to change anything about his career, as he believes things worked out the way they were supposed to.
“Actually, I don’t need to change anything. I’ve learned a lot. Anything that happens, it happens for my learning.
“I’m really enjoying many moments. I learn with the difficult moments. I enjoyed many good moments, and I think it was a great experience in my life.
“Nothing really I can change. For sure, if the only thing I can ask to change is one more point in 2008…
“But that didn’t happen for a reason, and in the end, it didn’t really change my life,” he concluded.