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F1: 2008 season review

F1 season review: How Hamilton became world champion

t all worked out in the end, didn’t it? But Lewis Hamilton’s route to the title was often exciting, occasionally awe-inspiring but also frequently both exasperating and frustrating. The 2008 season was, unfortunately, prone like its predecessor to accusations of being settled more by off-track politics than by the racing action. Again the FIA took a starring role, this time by handing out a series of penalties that are charitably described as incompehensible. But, despite all this, it will be remembered for two things ‘ both involving Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel. Read on here…

How it all happened: links to all our 2008 F1 coverage

Look here for all our coverage of the 2008 F1 season, including live blogs, race reports, qualifying and our “in six words” summaries. Read on here…


Ad of the year

The 2008 ad of the year is definitely Abbey’s Airfix offering starring Lewis Hamilton – which was popular enough to inspire an actual kit featuring the driver and his championship-winning car. Granted, it was a snap-together, pre-painted one, and also that rather limited numbers were available but who are we to judge? Parents the length and breadth of Britain may have been profoundly grateful on Boxing Day not to be applying Humbrol to tiny bits of plastic and gluing broken components together while their partners scoured the floor for the lost bits and comforted weeping would-be racers who just wanted to play with their new toy. Here it is:


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