I’m sure you re­mem­ber the che­quered flag at the end of the 2008 Brazil­ian GP. Did you feel your­self to be world cham­pion at that mo­ment? How hard was it for you when you re­alised that Lewis had passed Timo Glock at the fi­nal cor­ner to snatch the ti­tle?


Martin Kan­nel, Es­to­nia Ac­tu­ally, I never felt like I was the world cham­pion, be­cause it was rain­ing, the con­di­tions were dif­fi­cult – I knew I had the chance, but I never felt I had won it. I knew I had won the race and I was cel­e­brat­ing that vic­tory rst of all. Then I was wait­ing for Rob to tell me how it had nished. Be­cause it was rain­ing, it was ac­tu­ally a help for me, be­cause I said to my­self, ‘Any­thing can hap­pen.’ But denitely when I saw on the big screens what was hap­pen­ing, it was a lit­tle bit dif­fi­cult. I still think the peo­ple out­side were suf­fer­ing more than me! F1R: Par­tic­u­larly that guy in your garage who was so angry he head-butted the wall. FM: Yeah, my fam­ily were jumping around, every­body was ex­cited, and then… well, they re­alised things were a bit dif­fer­ent and one of the me­chan­ics started kick­ing things…

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