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Lucky Hamilton wins at last

Posted by jenz30 on November 3, 2008

Lewis Hamilton has become the youngest ever Formula One world champion.

The 23 year old won the championship in Sao Paulo by just one point from Felipe Massa at the very end of the race.

Hamilton told BBC Radio 5 live, “It’s an amazing achievement and it was by far the toughest championship of my life.”

The Race

In what was a nail-biting race, it looked like Massa would indeed become world champion after winning in Brazil. A late rain shower looked to have cost Hamilton the title when he dropped to sixth after a stop for wet tyres.

However, he managed to overtake Toyota’s Timo Glock as he entered the home straight to claim victory.

Meanwhile a jubilant Massa thought he had won the championship as did his Ferrari garage but soon realised that the title had slipped from his grasp.

The Brazilian remained dignified however and thanked his home crowd for all their support.

He told BBC Sport, “It was an emotional day for me. You get here and you’ve almost done everything perfect but we saw Lewis passing Glock again and that mixed emotion.

“Unfortunately we missed [out] by one point but that’s racing.

“We need to be proud of our race and our championship. It’s one more day of our life when I will learn a lot but for sure I’m very emotional.”

Hamilton, who was overwhelmed by winning the championship, celebrated with his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, singer with the Pussycat Dolls.

“It’s difficult to really put it in to words. It keeps popping into my head – how crazy I’m world champion” he told BBC Sport.

Jennifer Willis-Jones (jenzltp@hotmail.com)

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