Lewis Hamilton's title success in Formula One has come as good news for the Formula Renault UK Championship, with the McLaren ace becoming the second series graduate in a row to become F1 World Champion.

Ferrari ace Kimi Raikkonen, the outgoing F1 champion, was the inaugural champion when the Formula Renault 2.0 car was introduced in 2000 as the sole car to be used in the UK series. Hamilton, after making his car racing debut in the 2001 Formula Renault UK Winter Series, finished third in 2002 before romping to the title in 2003.

Both drove for the Manor Motorsport team, which now competes under the name of Manor Competition.

"On behalf of everyone involved with the Formula Renault UK Championship, I would like to pass on our congratulations to Lewis on a fantastic achievement," championship manager Simon North said. "It was five short years ago he was winning his first car racing title with us and to see his progress is very rewarding.

"The fact he is the second world champion to begin his career in Formula Renault UK is quite remarkable. We could ask for no better recommendation of the championship as we enter our 20th anniversary season."

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