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.

Spectacular Singapore lights the way for Formula One

1,500 light projectors putting out 3,180,000 watts

Formula One turned to the dark side at the Singapore Grand Prix and judging by how well it was received the sport’s first night race will not be its last. Even if it had not thrown up an unlikely winner after a dramatic two hours of racing, Singapore delivered something different.

“It has a good chance of challenging Monaco for being the jewel in the crown of Formula One,” Frank Williams told The Guardian newspaper…

Singapore at night looked good on television — and that was the whole point of the exercise as far as the organizers were concerned.

It all added to the sense of spectacle, a point not lost on Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong who attended the race.

“I’ve been watching it on TV the last couple of nights, not watching the cars, but watching the skyline, to see whether the skyline shows up and we see Singapore showing off its best,” he told the Straits Times.
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