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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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. 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
    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
    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
    3rd November 2008, 15:01

    brundle: YES!!!! LOL

  9. 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. 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. “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. 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. 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. 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.

  16. on BBC 5 live they also missed the pass on glock and called massa the winner.
    when lewis crossed the line.

  17. Jonatas: That’s very humble of you to praise Hamilton. I’m a Hamilton fan, but I think Massa is a great driver and he is always happy to talk to the media on the start grid before a Grand Prix. He and Hamilton seem very similar, family men polite and well spoken. I don’t think I have ever heard him say anything bad about the other drivers. And for Brazil, you have a great F1 driver again!! Look forward to 2009, remember Hamilton missed out by 1 point last year.

  18. The Dutch TV missed that too…I was already celebrating (somewhat in shock) when I saw the Mclaren fellows jumping up and down – I even had time to think: These guys must be the best losers in the world…that is when the coin fell.
    What can I say. It was the most painfull F1 moment I can recall. I had watched the whole race hoping for Massa to win the race – that is all. Bravados apart, I never thought it likely that LH would throw it away again being 7 points ahead. And I was confortable with it..and then you have those last laps. I won’t be buying the season review, I can tell you that.

  19. Realistically, I think Hamilton is better than Massa ( I still think Alonso better than both ). Both are fast and consistent throughout each race and both can get the most our of their cars, buth what I believe makes Hamilton better than Massa is exactly what he is greatly criticised for: his aggression. How surefooted he goes right on the adversary’s car when overtaking. That reminds us of our unforgettable hero Ayrton Senna. Don’t get me wrong, Massa is also aggressive and daring, but the pressure of driving a Ferrari, with millions of Tifosi’s eyes on him, ready to criticise him at the slightest mistake, made him a little more careful which is not an entirely bad thing because it gave him a more pragmatic style, with the aim of obtaining tittles (2009). He could have been a in a very cosy position to win the champiohship right here, in front of his supporters, if it wasn’t for Ferrari’s mistakes. Anyway, apart from FIA excessive stricteness this year, it was an amazing season, maybe one of the best after the Schumacher ( boring ) era, hopefully paving the way to many more exciting seasons to come. I desperately wanted Felipe win the WDC but…Congratulations to Lewis, he is a worthy WDC. Thanks to Keith for a great blog. Warm regards to all the true fans and fanatics for F1.

  20. Ricardo Rocha
    3rd November 2008, 17:47

    there is a french version of the “gran finale” here:

    the narrator missed Hamilton passing Glock.

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