“Achtung Glock!” “Na ???ltima curva!” – How the world saw F1 title shock (video)

Commentators went crazy as the title changed hands on the last lap

Commentators went crazy as the title changed hands on the last lap

We will surely not see another championship finale like we saw yesterday for a long time.

Around the world, television commentators struggled to keep up with the action unfolding before their eyes. Britain celebrated, Brazil mourned, and the Spanish commentators missed Hamilton passing Glock…

In Britain, ITV were broadcasting their final Grand Prix. They put the experience accumulated in the preceding 205 F1 races to call the end of the race perfectly.

Spanish F1 fans not being so keen on Hamilton, their commentators thought they were cheering Massa home to become champion. When Hamilton crossed the line in fifth and the truth dawned they began asking ??Where?s Glock??? McLaren fans will enjoy the schadenfraude:

The poor Brazilian commentator Galvao Bueno did not miss the significance of Hamilton passing Glock. As the McLaren headed for the line he chanted ??Na ultimate curva?? (‘the last corner’) over and over, then counted the drivers across the line…

The German commentators called it spot-on too (“Achtung Glock”):

Thanks to David Watkins for some of the video links and translations. Please post any others you find below.

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51 comments on “Achtung Glock!” “Na ???ltima curva!” – How the world saw F1 title shock (video)

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  1. Keith,

    Is this just to rub in salt to wounds of Ferrari / Massa fans?

  2. i know there are many people who could watch these vids over and over again, whatever language they may be in…and i’m one of them!

    i really do feel for massa tho.

  3. Filipe said on 3rd November 2008, 14:30

    I was actually surprised by how well Galvão act troughout the end, he was very subdued by his own standards. We are talking about a guy who early this year got into a fight with Luciano Burti because Burti was feeling bad for poor Sutil in Monaco (“What matters is that Barrichello just got two positions!”).

  4. David Watkins said on 3rd November 2008, 14:32


    can you change ‘ultimate’ to ‘ultima’?


    I think this situation sorted out the good commentators from the poor ones.

    This was Telecinco’s last race and they made a complete pig’s ear of it.

    After their unconfined joy at Lewis’ Shanghai 2007 disaster I can’t resist feeling a little satisfaction at their demise.

  5. Dutch commentator Olav Moll didn’t see it, and was very surprised to see VET and HAM appear on screen in 4th and 5th respectively.

  6. If only we could see it from Glock’s car…

  7. yorricksfriend said on 3rd November 2008, 14:50

    Brundle going “YES!” will be the moment of commentary I’ll remember most – it was so unexpected and heartfelt and in the moment

  8. schumi the greatest said on 3rd November 2008, 15:01

    brundle: YES!!!! LOL

  9. diseased rat said on 3rd November 2008, 15:08

    Excellent collection of videos, I love seeing the other countries press and TV. It always just highlights how much our version is just that – our version. These things can be seen through so many different prisms.

    PS Sumedh clearly it’s not just to rub salt into the wounds, you might want to change your prism.

  10. Jonatas said on 3rd November 2008, 15:19

    I still cannot believe what my eyes saw yesterday afternoon. This is something I will never forget and this is why I’m an F1 racing fanatic. This is the type of stuff that will make everyone forget everything that Bernie and the FIA have done to try and undermine the sport we love, and it will keep us coming back wanting more.

    As a Brazilian, at first I was skeptical about Felipe Massa. I didn’t know wether he had it in him. But the past two seasons have made me a believer in him. I think he deserves infinite credit for how he persevered under immense pressure over and over again and how he has silenced his critics. I firmly believe that the best of Massa has yet to come!

    Like Massa, I will not be a sore loser. Hamilton is a worthy champion and deserves all the credit for what he has done this season, as well as the last. He made mistakes, just as Massa did. But what I think made the difference in the end, is that McLaren did not fail him at any point in the season. They certainly tried on one or two races, but Hamilton made up for it with talent and some luck. The same sadly cannot be said for Felipe Massa’s Ferrari team.

    Hamilton won as a team. Felipe Massa lost as a team.

    Even though my boy Felipe Massa lost, we Brazilians are extremely proud that we once again have someone to root for.

    Onto next year!

  11. Filipe said on 3rd November 2008, 15:25

    “I think this situation sorted out the good commentators from the poor ones.”

    I’d also say that this show how useful a former driver with good knowledge is. Both James Allen and Galvão Bueno were ready to dismiss Glock as another backmarker when Brundle and Burti pointed out what was actually happening. I imagine both were paying attention to the possibilty of Hamilton and Vettel getting to Glock.

  12. Alex-Ctba said on 3rd November 2008, 15:38

    Apart from FIA excessive stricteness this year, it was an amazing season, maybe one of the best after the Schumacher era, hopefully paving the way to many more exciting seasons to come. And Lewis Hamilton definately deserved the WDC. Warm regards to all the true fans and fanatics for F1.

  13. Oliver said on 3rd November 2008, 15:52

    YES!!!! from Brundle, but Brundle has always been quick to suggest things that are not really there. He was suggesting Glock was asked to slow down. Its this kinds of confusion and Commentators leading the viewers on that lend to the air of suspicion and other contrary views we get from a Grand Prix weekend. When commenting its often best to report what you see and not speculate too far.

  14. The last video is from Swiss TV and not German (just for the sake of accuracy)

  15. MassaSuck said on 3rd November 2008, 16:36

    MASSA IS A SPORTING LOSER MY ASS! He was implying all week before the race how he would be a worthy champion – that this title was clean if he had clinched it.

    Wat the hell is he thinking? Did he forget how his points tally got a few automatic top-ups from FIA and Mosley thru zero efforts of his own? Crying at the end of the race was his acknowledgment that even with FIA’s help, he couldnt win the title.

    That said, i hope the stewards get their retribution for being corrupt Ferrari boot-lickers. And Mosley for his well, Hitler impersonations on tape.

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