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Hamilton `ecstatic` about `fairytale` F1 title.

Lewis Hamilton admitted that he was struggling to regain his breath after bringing his boyhood dream to a 'fairytale'conclusion in the Brazilian Grand Prix at the weekend – by becoming the youngest-ever Formula 1 World Champion.

The McLaren-Mercedes star entered the race around the Autodromo Carlos Pace in São Paulo needing to finish just fifth in order to clinch the crown – but as it would transpire, that would prove to be considerably easier said than done. Though he was never on race-winning pace throughout the grand prix, the 23-year-old at least looked to be comfortable inside the top five – until two laps from the chequered flag.

Having been momentarily wrong-footed by Robert Kubica controversially un-lapping himself in the BMW-Sauber, Hamilton ran wide – and in that split-second error Scuderia Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel dived through as well to steal fifth position. With the Briton appearing to have no answer to his German rival, all seemed lost – until Lady Luck rolled one final dice to conclude an extraordinary 2008 campaign.

As Ferrari's Felipe Massa took the chequered flag to the jubilation of his throngs of partisan supporters packing the Interlagos grandstands – the Brazilian, his team and his fans all clearly believing he had done enough to sensationally steal the title and become the country's first world champion since the late, great Ayrton Senna last lifted the crown back in 1991 – Hamilton and Vettel came around the final corner to find fourth-placed Timo Glock struggling even to stay on the track as the Toyota ace grappled with slick tyres on an increasingly damp surface.

As both swept past the German – like Hamilton, a former GP2 Series Champion – confusion reigned, and even the Stevenage-born star himself admitted that when he crossed the line he was unsure whether he was champion, or whether he had agonisingly lost out at the last for the second year in a row. When the confirmation came through from his McLaren team, despair quickly turned into elation.

“Amazing – I can't even get my breath back," Reuters quotes him as having confessed after the incredible drama had finally died down. “It was one of the toughest races of my life, if not the toughest.

“I didn't know where Glock was and Vettel was the guy to beat and I couldn't catch him, so at that point I was going to finish sixth. My heart was in my mouth.

“I was shouting 'Do I have it, do I have it?' and then they came on when I was at turn one and they told me and I was ecstatic. It's been a dream.

“It was absolutely fantastic, an amazing achievement on one of the most troubled days. It was such a hard race and I'm ecstatic, very emotional [and] very thankful for my team and my family and everyone who has supported me.”



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Paul 46!!!

November 03, 2008 1:13 PM

Zeitung - I see your not letting the truth get in the way of your theory! Glock was on slicks FACT Trulli was on slicks FACT Hamilton on intermediates FACT it was raining FACT in the first sector alone (a short sector) Vettel and Hamilton were 5 secs faster than Glock FACT They took even more time in the middle sector (twice as long in time in the dry and more twisty) FACT Hamilton passed him into last real turn on the circuit FACT from that point onwards Glock lost the best part of a further 6 seconds FACT you can see him with no grip out of the corner on tv FACT Glocks lap time was actually faster than that of Trullis in same car on same tyres FACT! now go paint by numbers or something!

FooAtari .

November 03, 2008 1:46 PM

People say he his arrogant. Yet how many times did he say he was thankful to his team and family and he was honored to bring the WDC back to McLaren. Not really the words of an arrogant man IMO. Sure he is very confidant and has ultimate belief in himself but I don't think he is arrogant. A worthy champion and over the whole season (yes thats right folks, the championship is over a whole season not just one race) he performed well. I find it amusing you all claim Glock gifted him the title, despite Glocks incorrect tyre choice. Yet everyone has forgotten the Massa/Bourdais incident which was the FIA worst decision all year and gifted Massa another point.



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