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Hamilton enjoys dramatic title win.

Lewis Hamilton was forced to endure the 'most dramatic race of his whole life' as he joined the likes of Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart in becoming a British winner of the Formula One drivers' championship.

The McLaren man went into the season finale at Interlagos aware that fifth place would be enough to make him the youngest champion in F1 history, regardless of the result of his one remaining title rival Felipe Massa.

While Massa dominated his home race from pole position in an attempt to overturn his seven point deficit, Hamilton was able to stay out of trouble at the delayed start and was running comfortably inside the top five when the Sao Paulo weather decided to throw one final rain shower into the mix.

That forced the top six cars to dive into the pits, but crucially, Toyota's Timo Glock elected to gamble by staying out on dry tyres for the final laps of the race.

It meant Hamilton rejoined in fifth place, but with Sebastian Vettel pushing hard from behind and when Hamilton ran slightly wide with just three laps remaining, the young German was able to sneak past and demote the McLaren man to sixth – a result which would cost him the title and hand it to Massa.

However, as the rain increased, Glock was struggling to keep his Toyota on track and with Massa having already taken the chequered flag and Ferrari ready to celebrate, Hamilton was able to get ahead of Glock at the final corner to snatch the title from Massa's grasp and leave the Ferrari team speechless on pit road when their celebrations were cut abruptly short.

"The most dramatic race of my whole life," Hamilton admitted. "It's pretty much impossible to put this into words: I'm still speechless. It's been such a long journey, but I've always had the support of my family, the team, our partners and the fans. We did a fantastic job throughout the whole year and, with all the sacrifices we made, I'm so thrilled to be able to win this for everyone.

"Before it started to rain I was quite comfortable, and I was just focused on having a clean race. Then it started to drizzle and I didn't want to take any risks - but Sebastian got past me and I was t old that I had to get back in front of him. I couldn't believe it. Then at the very last corner I managed to get past Timo - it was just amazing. This was one of the toughest races of my life, if not the toughest.

"I was shouting, 'Do I have it? Do I have it?' on the radio. It was only when I took the chequered flag and got to turn one that the team told me I was world champion. I was ecstatic."



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magpie - Unregistered

November 03, 2008 1:21 AM

Hamilton had better look out for Vettel in the coming years. Has Alonso been passed by in the pages of history? Who knows, but this perhaps might be Vettel's era and not that of Hamilton or Alonso.

SLB - Unregistered

November 03, 2008 9:02 AM

margarita, why did Massa deserve this championship, exactly? For being gifted points by his team mate? For being gifted points by FIA because of the laughable penalties imposed on Hamilton? For not being adequately penalized for the deliberate contact with Hamilton in the previous race? Yeah, he deserved to be WDC indeed. [/sarcasm off] The truth is Hamilton won it alone against everybody else. He didn't have a team mate helping him in any way, be it gifting him points or merely taking points away from the nearest rivals by just finishing ahead of them. That's an even greater achievement. Btw, I'm not brit (Portuguese, in fact), and I don't even have a favourite driver. I just like F1.



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