Although he and his team explained exactly what caused his poor lap times in the dying stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix – as he took a gamble and stayed on dry tires, despite the pouring rain – Glock still had to answer for his actions to racist fans in his home country.
Now that all the drama phased out, Glock unveiled that he and his family were then threatened by angry anti-Hamilton supporters. Talking to Darmstadter Echo newspaper less than a week to the upcoming Australian Grand Prix, Glock admitted the reactions from his fellow countrymen “were really bad”.
“The reaction of many German fans was really bad. Apparently there are a great many racist people who did not want Hamilton to be world champion,” said Glock, who also revealed that several warning concerning his family were issued in the process.
During the famous last lap of the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa crossed the finish line in 1st place, while Hamilton was running in 6th place with a few kilometers to go. If the positions had remained the same until the very end, Massa would have become world champion. However, because of running on dry tires (when raining on the circuit), 5th placed Glock had no chance of resisting Hamilton in the last few corners. The Brit eventually passed the German driver and went on to win the world title.