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GP Week : Issue 35
>>F1brazil Glock laughs off ‘helping’ claims TIMO Glock has dismissed suggestions he let Lewis Hamilton through on the final lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix. The German and his Toyota team-mate Jarno Trulli were the only drivers left out on dry tyres as the rain fell at the end of the race, and as grip levels decreased Glock says he had a hard enough time keeping the car on track to even know who was passing him. “I was on dry tyres at the end of the race when it was raining quite badly and it was just impossible on the last lap. I was fighting as hard as I could but it was so difficult to just keep the car on the track and I lost positions right at the end of the lap. Finishing in the top six is a decent result for me because I’d been struggling with the car earlier in the weekend but we were very close to fourth place so I am a bit disappointed.” Glock said that he would not have done anything to deliberately influence the World Championship fight, even if he had known what was going on around him. “I really don’t know where Lewis overtook me because four cars passed me left and right. I was just concentrating on keeping the car on the track, that was the only way! “To hand over and help Lewis or help Felipe … definitely not! In a race situation like this, you can never plan before and definitely there were no thoughts about that. When you see the lap-time, the lap before I did a 1:28, and on that last lap I did a 1:48. The car was just not driveable anymore.” Pipped at the post KIMI Raikkonen’s race to third position in the Brazilian Grand Prix brought the outgoing world champion third position in the Drivers’Championship, as Robert Kubica struggled throughout the race. Although the duo finish the season on equal points, Raikkonen gets third position on count-back of races won. “Losing third place in the drivers’ championship in the last race is definitely not the best situation,” said Kubica. “We made too many mistakes during the weekend and this is the result. Unfortunately I started on dry tyres, as we had the wrong information about the track conditions. During the race I was stuck behind Adrian Sutil for quite a long time. I managed to make up some positions in the final laps of the race, but it was too late.” Kubica’s BMW team admitted that it had gambled and lost in the conditions. “For our team this was an end of season to forget,”summaries technical chief Willy Rampf. “With Robert we gambled at the start with dry tyres, but the track was too wet. Therefore he pitted immediately for a tyre change, and after this found himself at the end of the field. From here there was nothing he could do.” 29