Former F1 driver Timo Glock reveals he has received death threats after Lewis Hamilton passed him on the final corner of the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, to win his first F1 championship.
On the final corner of the final race of the 2008 Formula 1 season – the Brazilian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton overtook Timo Glock to get P5 and win his first Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship.
The famous pass in wet conditions was one of the biggest shocks in the history of F1, as Felipe Massa had already won the race and thought he was the world champion.
Afterwards, and even to this day, some F1 fans have been accusing Glock, who was driving for Toyota at the time, of purposefully allowing Hamilton to pass him.
The German driver now reveals he was also receiving death threats.
“It was really shocking how people can treat you in a way where even my parents were scared,” Glock said on F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast.
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“Getting letters back home, fans saying I should be banned from racing. Even people saying the guy should be killed and stuff like this, it was not nice.
“Every time when the Brazilian race came up, my Twitter account exploded. It’s still the case sometimes.
“Now it’s more the positive, the funny stuff, like the famous words ‘is that Glock?’ It changed quite a lot when the onboard came out.
“I don’t know why F1 waited five years for it. But when that came out, it changed a lot of people’s minds. It didn’t change my confidence in myself.
“I just couldn’t understand why people thought I would help, or I would have made Lewis the World Champion,” Glock concluded.