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Top five: F1's greatest wet races (4)

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3. 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix

The 2008 season finale was a carnival affair with local hero Felipe Massa going head-to-head with Lewis Hamilton for the title.

While much of this race took place in the dry the effect rain just before and towards the end of this race very nearly gave the local fans exactly what they wanted.

Rain was forecast for 3pm local time which happened to be the race start and it arrived right on cue forcing the start to be delayed and causing half the track to be very wet and the other half mostly dry.

All the driver's started on the intermediate tyres though as the wet part of the track dried out fairly soon everyone switched back to dry tyres. Hamilton, who needed to finish no lower than fifth to win the title, struggled initially and dropped down as those who pitted early for dry tyres moved forward.

However the Briton would move through notably passing Giancarlo Fisichella by having to go onto the wetter part of the circuit on dry tyres into turn 1. From there Hamilton maintained fourth throughout the dry part of the race.

With ten laps to go team radio suggested rain was due to return and it did with seven laps to go, having learnt from a similar scenario earlier in the year at Spa, most pitted for intermediates though Timo Glock did the opposite and stayed out on his dry tyres.

Hamilton was struggling on his intermediates and with three laps to go ran wide at Juncao allowing Sebastian Vettel upto fifth and at the time meaning Massa, who was leading would become champion.

As the rain got a little heavier the gap to Glock ahead began to fall quickly and on the final lap unable to get back past Vettel, Hamilton had to catch Glock.

With a 15 second gap heading into the final lap it looked impossible though as the rain continued Glock slowed just enough to let Hamilton past at the final corner to claim fifth and the championship.

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