The 2008 Formula One season in 8 minutes flat

Andrew Hopkins

The F1 drivers' championship of 2008 was probably the most exciting seen in recent years. During the course of the 16 races on the calendar, there were some real highlights, and at various stages, different contenders headed the leader board. Despite the length of the season, the destination of the trophy was decided only on the final corner of the final lap in Brazil.

We saw Felipe Massa cross the finishing line as the winner – and his whole family hugging each other with delight in the Ferrari garage. But the Brazilian had the title within his grasp for only a few seconds before there was a total reversal in fortunes as Timo Glock slowed down to a snail's pace and Lewis Hamilton snatched back a place – enough to give the young Briton the 2008 title. Now it was the turn of the McLaren-Mercedes team to launch into wild celebrations with Hamilton's girlfriend dancing around in the middle.

In the video 'Down to the Final Corner', you can follow the decisive minutes and watch a mini-review of the whole season encapsulated in eight short minutes. It's a collection of ups and downs, triumphs and disasters plus highlights and sensational incidents from an action-packed season. With all the changes due to come into effect in next year, we have every reason to expect the 2009 season to be just as thrilling. Who knows? Maybe it will fill a nine-minute video next time round.