Sports Car Digest loves a good scuffle. We especially like those involving F1 cars on the razor’s edge, and the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix hosted a great last lap scrap between Ferrari driver Felipe Massa and BMW driver Robert Kubica. Watch the videos below and you’ll soon agree.
The race itself is remembered for the torrential rainfall, which forced the FIA to start the race under the safety car for the first 19 laps. Once underway, the rain continued to make a mess of things, but Lewis Hamilton handled it well as he set fastest lap and won the race.
Back to the scuffle – the last lap found Massa and Kubica battling tooth and nail for 6th place. The aforementioned rain affected the skirmish, but it did not detract from the most exciting lap of the entire 2007 season. If anything, it made it all the better. Sure, there were some very aggressive driving tactics, but both raced hard and fast to the finish, which had us on the edge of our seat. Let us know if you agree.
2007 Japanese Grand Prix – In-car camera without commentary:
For the record, there is no better racing brawl than the 1979 French Grand Prix battle between Gilles Villeneuve and René Arnoux. Click here for the previous profile if you haven’t seen it yet.