November 3, 2008. 4:30am AEST. My beloved fiancé is woken by muffled shouts of “Yes, yes, yes… what?!? Oh you fucker!!!! No! No!!! Eat shit and die Glock you incompetent twat! Fuck!!!!”
Why begin this review with such a display of rampant retrospective profanity, I hear you ask? It’s all in the name of context.
Y’see, the above was my reaction to the moment that decided the 2008 Formula 1 driver’s championship. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa started his home race in Brazil, the final race of the season, seven points behind McLaren’s cocky young upstart Lewis Hamilton. To win the championship Massa would have to win the race and have Hamilton finish outside the top five. You’re right in thinking it was a long shot but Massa had pulled it off – he dominated the race, finished in first a full 13 seconds ahead of his nearest rival with Hamilton in sixth. Until the very last corner, that is, when Toyota’s Timo Glock let Hamilton past to take fifth and victory in the championship by a single point.
The animated gif that’s probably still getting around of Massa’s father celebrating in the Ferrari garage, only to have a mechanic tap him on the shoulder and deliver the bad news, is both hilarious and heart breaking.