Lewis Hamilton – the youngest champion in Formula One history

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Lewis Hamilton became the youngest world champion in Formula One history by the skin of his teeth after a nail-biting Brazilian Grand Prix.

The English McLaren driver’s title rival Felipe Massa won the race in his Ferrari but Hamilton grabbed the fifth place he needed – at the last corner.

A late-race rain shower looked to have cost Hamilton the title when he dropped to sixth after a stop for wet tyres.

But he passed Toyota’s Timo Glock as they entered the pit straight.

Renault’s Fernando Alonso, the previous youngest champion, was second ahead of Massa’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel.

The article can’t capture the anxiety and tense anticipation of that last lap.

My wife and I are fans of Lewis Hamilton [and McLaren]. I had to stop the DVR and replay those last 20 or 30 seconds a couple of times just to be certain Lewis had gotten that 5th place needed for the world championship.

Massa and Ferrari were inspired these past few races – even without the micro-managing of the FIA. One of the best seasons I’ve ever witnessed. And I’ve followed most of them.

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