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GP Week : Issue 35
> F1NEWS> for words success after watching the race unfold with fans and fellow drivers at Silverstone. “Lewis is a tremendous talent, a great ambassador for British motor sport and possibly one of the greatest drivers we have had in this country,”he said. “He has got a World Championship in the bank and I think he is going to be difficult to stop from now on. “It was despair with two laps to go. We couldn’t believe what we were watching because we thought ‘how’s it gone wrong at this late stage?’ and then, on the last corner, Glock was overtaken and we were suddenly back in the frame again. Poor Felipe Massa and Ferrari were up and down, everyone here was up and down – it was just a tremendously exciting race.” Hill was joined in praising Hamilton by British Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss. “I think if you’re talking about a man’s ability to control a car, use a car, I think he’s up there with the best now,”he said. “I thought the whole race was terrific and I think the right man won, Massa deserved it, and Lewis won the world title in a tremendous finish. “Hamilton is a racer. When you watch the way he drives, it’s exciting because he gets on with it. He’s tremendous on braking and he conserves his car, he’s good in the wet, good in the dry – he’s a remarkably good driver.” Disappointment and delight FELIPE Massa may have been beaten to the drivers’ title by a single point, but his win, coupled with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen’s third position netted Ferrari enough points to wrap up their 16th Formula 1 constructors’ championship, and the first under the direction of Stefano Domenicali (above). Outgoing world champion Kimi Raikkonen praised the work done by Domenicali, while offering his support to team-mate Massa after suffering such heartbreak. “I am happy that the team has managed to win the Constructors’title and I am sorry for Felipe, who has lost the title by a single point. That’s racing and we have to live with it. I am particularly happy for Stefano, in his first year as team principal as I know how much pressure he has had to deal with and I think that this result is a good reward for that.” Domenicali himself reflected on a weekend of high emotion and looked back over a season of highs and lows, and in typical fashion, refused to do himself the justice that his vision and direction merit. “It was an incredible day and we are happy with what we have achieved. Eight out of ten: that was the target set us by President Montezemolo at the start of the season and we achieved it, at the end of a difficult, complicated and incident-packed season. “The entire team, both at the track and back home always work with great intensity and it deserves to be congratulated for this. Of course, there is disappointment that we did not get to see Felipe realize his dream, especially given how the race turned out, but I think that nevertheless, days like this are important. “Felipe has grown so much, year after year, demonstrating his talent and personality, answering his critics with his driving and with his mind. He has had an amazing season and would have deserved the title. That’s sport, it can sometimes be cruel. Last year we won the Drivers’ title by a point and this year we lost it by one.”