Former F1 racer Timo Glock has defined it took a number of years for threats towards him and his household to subside after his position within the 2008 title decider.
The German DTM star was concerned in some of the dramatic moments in Components 1 historical past, albeit as an unwitting participant, when he raced within the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.
With the title combat between Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa that 12 months taking place to the ultimate race, victory for Massa and a sixth place or decrease end for Hamilton would have netted Massa the title at his residence race.
Beginning the ultimate lap, Hamilton was in sixth place, solely to overhaul Glock on the last nook of the race because the Toyota driver struggled round on dry tyres on an more and more moist monitor floor.
Glock had moved up the order because of a strategic gamble from Toyota, along with his group electing to not are available in to alter tyres when the situations modified within the last levels of the race. With Hamilton falling behind Glock in consequence, the then-McLaren driver virtually ran out of time to get the fifth place he wanted to safe the title.
With Massa crossing the road successfully as World Champion as Hamilton was nonetheless in sixth, the last-moment nature of the change in fortune for Hamilton resulted in despair for the house crowd – with Glock caught up within the crossfire.
“On monitor, I simply tried to do my job nearly as good as doable,” Glock stated on the Past the Grid podcast.
“However I keep in mind actually clearly the final three to 4 laps as a result of to me, it was clear in what course it’s gonna go – not clear to me I used to be gonna resolve a championship. However we have been like P7 and P9, I feel, and this cloud came visiting the monitor and I stated three laps in direction of the tip ‘guys I feel it’s gonna find yourself in a catastrophe as a result of this cloud will arrive two or one laps in direction of the tip. If it’s raining, it’s gonna be chaotic’.
“They stated ‘we’ll take the danger and keep out – we now have nothing to lose’. On the second to final lap, it began raining on the final nook and I stated ‘guys, I want to return in’ since you might see the rain, how a lot it was, simply 200 metres away shifting in a short time to the monitor.
“I stated ‘guys, I want to return in now, it’s inconceivable, I’m not gonna survive that final lap’.
“The tyres have been cooling down already, the grooved tyres. They usually stated ‘you can’t are available in, it’s inconceivable as a result of the gates are already constructed up for the rostrum ceremony’.
“Individuals are already freaking out as a result of Massa was, at the moment, World Champion. So I needed to keep out. I come to the primary nook, it’s already moist, [and am] simply making an attempt to outlive. I used to be P4 at that time. I by no means had the knowledge on what situation I’m in and what’s going to occur on the final lap, if they’ll catch me or not. I simply tried to outlive after which a bunch of vehicles overtook me, [Robert] Kubica was a lap down, [Sebastian] Vettel overtakes me, [Lewis] Hamilton overtakes me and I completed P6.”
Timo Glock realises the gravity of the state of affairs
Blissfully unaware of the enormity of what had simply occurred on monitor, Glock targeting simply making an attempt to securely get again to the pits, whereas his engineer relayed a quick message to him.
“It was very slippery,” Glock recalled.
“With these grooved tyres, as quickly as they cooled down that they had zero grip. Like summer season tyres on ice. Funnily sufficient, my engineer simply advised me Hamilton was the World Champion however he didn’t inform me I had determined the championship.
“I got here again to the pits and funnily sufficient, Lewis stopped in entrance of me. So I am going there, give him a handshake and stated ‘nicely carried out, man, congratulations in your World Championship’ in entrance of, I don’t know what number of, 1,000 Brazilian spectators?
“Then I walked as much as the scales and this entire bunch of journalists and photographers run down and are available to me and requested me these questions like ‘was this on objective, did you assist Lewis? Why did you assist Lewis? You determined the championship!’ and I used to be like ‘what the hell…? What’s happening right here?’
“Then my physiotherapist involves me and takes me, runs me again to hospitality, locks me within the room and tells me what occurred. So then I understood what’s happening. I nonetheless keep in mind my mechanics…folks have been throwing stuff down on everybody who had a Toyota shirt on. I obtained a police escort from the monitor to the lodge. From the lodge the following morning to the aircraft to the airport, into the aircraft. They walked with me onto the aircraft.
A decade passes earlier than Timo Glock speaks with Felipe Massa
Having realised the gravity of the incident and his involvement, Glock defined he by no means sought out Massa for a dialog – cowed by the likelihood the Brazilian driver held a grudge towards him for it.
“I believed if I talked to him, he’ll kill me. I don’t know,” Glock admitted, earlier than revealing his paranoia couldn’t have been farther from actuality.
“Funnily sufficient, final 12 months in Mexico, I used to be on the Sky Pad and Felipe Massa walked by and waved at me.
“I checked out him and I used to be turning round, ‘does he imply another person?’ So he waved to me and I waved again. Then my cameraman, Toby, urged I ought to ask him for an interview. Then I walked again and stated ‘okay, subsequent week is the Brazilian GP, why ought to we not do an interview with Massa in Brazil about that championship-deciding second?’
“So I despatched Rubens Barrichello a message and requested might he give me the telephone quantity for Felipe: ‘Do you assume he’ll speak to me?’
“‘In fact he’ll speak to you, why not?’ So I despatched Felipe a textual content and he replied super-friendly ‘hey mate, no downside, in fact we are able to do an interview! That’s good. That’s a very good concept. Let’s discuss that!’
“After I walked into the TV compound, Martin Brundle comes up and I say he’s the suitable man to do the interview. The well-known phrases – ‘is that Glock?!’ (Brundle shouted this on ITV’s stay protection).
“Martin interviewed us in Brazil, which was super-emotional from each side. Felipe had by no means seen the onboard digital camera from me on that final lap. The primary time was final 12 months in Brazil. So then he actually understood what place I used to be in. From that second on, it was only a actually cool relationship.”
Having spent so lengthy dwelling in concern of Massa’s anger, Glock stated he wouldn’t change something about how the state of affairs was dealt with.
“I don’t remorse it,” he defined.
“In fact, I might have talked to him earlier. However the way in which it occurred, I feel the story was even higher. Then he invited me to his home and we had dinner along with his household. I advised his dad it’s so painful nonetheless to see this second the place he was celebrating his son a World Champion in Brazil, after which getting advised it’s not taking place.
“This face, the way in which how he appeared into the digital camera, I’ll always remember that. That is what I advised him. I nonetheless have goose bumps once I give it some thought. It was only a very nice weekend, I actually loved this. Hopefully, we are able to do it once more collectively.”
Timo Glock reveals it was years earlier than dying threats subsided
Given the emotion, despair and harm of the second, significantly in entrance of Massa’s residence crowd as Felipe took to the rostrum in tears, Glock revealed he and his household have been affected by threats for years after the race.
“It was actually stunning how folks can deal with you in a means the place even my dad and mom have been scared,” he stated.
“Getting letters again residence, followers saying I needs to be banned from racing. Even folks saying the man needs to be killed and stuff like this – it was not good. Each time when the Brazilian race got here up, my Twitter account exploded. It’s nonetheless the case generally. Now it’s extra the constructive, the humorous stuff, just like the well-known phrases ‘is that Glock?’”
It took the discharge of Glock’s final-lap onboard footage from F1 for the state of affairs to relax for the German driver, who stated it lastly vindicated what had occurred on monitor throughout what had been a easy strategic gamble.
“It modified rather a lot when the onboard got here out,” he stated.
“I don’t know why F1 waited 5 years for it. However when that got here out, it modified lots of people’s minds.
“It didn’t change my confidence in myself. I simply couldn’t perceive why folks thought I might assist, or I might have made Lewis the World Champion. I used to be driving for Toyota. Why ought to I make Lewis the World Champion? There was no means I might have been concerned in something as a result of I simply drove my race. And I attempted to make one of the best out of it. So I couldn’t perceive folks have been pondering I did it on objective. I had no clue the place I used to be within the race.”
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