The star-studded FIA Gala in Monaco capped another memorable season in
the FIA Formula One World Championship. It was not going to be easy to
surpass last season’s excitement, with a three-way title showdown at
the final race, but that is exactly what happened with McLaren-Mercedes
driver Lewis Hamilton taking the drivers’ championship on the final lap.
Lewis Hamilton said: “This
year has been a very special one in my life – the fulfilment of a dream
I’ve had since childhood and an ambition that has taken my family and
me on an amazing journey.
“The fact that I won the Drivers’
World Championship on the very last lap of the very last race is
something that makes me so proud of our efforts in 2008; we pushed to
the limit on every single lap, from Melbourne to Brazil – and it’s that
determination and spirit that ultimately won us the world title.
always very rewarding to receive recognition for all the work you put
into the season, and the FIA Prize Giving Gala in Monte-Carlo is of
course the fitting venue at which to celebrate all our efforts before
we push ahead into 2009.”
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa could not have
come closer to winning the championship and was justifiably proud of
the role he played in a highly competitive season.
Felipe Massa said: “This
has been an incredibly closely contested season, which produced an
amazing final. When you lose the world title by a single point, having
had it in your grasp for a handful of seconds, it would be easy to take
it badly. But I prefer to look to the future and to see things in a
“I won six races and played my part in the
team taking the Constructors’ Championship, which I know is so
important for Ferrari. We are already looking to a new season and I
will do my utmost to come back here to Monaco next year to claim the
prize which today has gone to Lewis.”
His teammate Kimi Raikkonen was unable to retain the title he won last year but vowed to return stronger next season.
Raikkonen said: “I would have preferred to be here collecting the World
Champion’s trophy for a second consecutive time, but this year, things
did not go my way. The season got off to a good start, but then, for
various reasons, the situation got complicated and by the time we were
back on form, it was already too late.
“However, we learnt
some valuable lessons which will come in useful next year. I am happy
that Ferrari won, confirming its position as world champion: it’s an
exceptional team that never gives up.”
Massa and Raikkonen
ensured that Ferrari took the Constructors’ Trophy for the second
successive season and Stefano Domenicali was delighted to collect the
prize in his first year as team director.
Stefano Domenicali said:
am honoured to be here, at the end of my first year in charge of the
team, to collect the Constructors’ Trophy that goes to the World
Championship-winning team. This is the 16th time in Scuderia Ferrari’s
history and the eighth in the last ten years that we have won this
award and it comes courtesy of all the hard work, passion and
determination put in by everyone at Maranello.
and thanks go to each and every one of them, for what they were able to
achieve, to our drivers and also to Ferrari President, Luca di
Montezemolo, who along with Jean Todt, chose me to fill this role. He
has always given his support, especially during the most difficult
Those screenshots are all of what was shown about Kimi. It seems Kimi wasn’t present at the ceremony this evening, or that hardly any pictures were taken of him, oh well! But you can download the 8 minute long video in the forum and talk about it! I personally think the 2008 Gala review isn’t that great, but it’s an improvement from last year, probably because there was more action perhaps.
[Update 13th Dec] Kimi was there after all! Apparently he just arrived late, just in time for a photograph with his trophy. And there was a Where’s Wally kind of search going on, we couldn’t find him until someone spotted Toni Vilander (Kimi’s close friend who won the GT Championship this year) smiling/laughing with ‘someone’ hidden, look at the top right corner of the group photo. I just find that hilarious. Kimi!!!!! You’re messing with our heads! Late, as usual! Hiding right at the back. Gosh I love that man. See more Kimi pictures here.
Regarding the 2008 review clip – Too much hot babe rubbish going on though, as usual, so no surprise there. The start of the video was just
confusing. The Senna quotes, him speaking over images of his career and Lewis’s, what’s that got to do with
Lewis? Okay, Lewis always brags on about Senna being his idol.
Whatever. It was nice to hear Senna though, the clips of him were
lovely. Some bits of the review were good, only the first half after
the intro was good (they copied the techno music from me!?) The babe/glamour stuff is getting so old and rubbish
now, what a load of tosh!
The only thing I did like was the build up of news flashes and media
buzz about the finale at Brazil and also the Spa recap, as it showed probably the best
racing action of the season (and not just because it was Kimi, it
literally was the best racing of the year in my opinion) The Singapore sequence
was good too. But the rest wasn’t much (half of the
Brazil race stuff was straight from their race highlight clip on the F1 website), and I
hated especially the part of the finale with Lewis’s Pussycat doll screaming her
head off again. Puh-lease. At least they made up for it with the part where Hamilton won, and the
after scenes were good, with Massa on the podium. The Pyscho theme over Massa’s family celebrating was funny! I think they did a good job, nonetheless. Nevermind what I think, what do you guys think?