Hamilton Takes Title on Final Lap Thriller
Lewis Hamilton has sensationally won the world championship at the final corner in Brazil
Lewis Hamilton has sensationally won the world championship at the final corner in Brazil. Hamilton needed to finish fifth to become the youngest ever champion, but was sixth in the dying moments. With seconds to spare, McLaren's ace passed a Toyota to claim four points and the title.
The Brazilian Grand Prix was dramatic from lights to flag. The paddock was thrown into turmoil when unexpected rain forced the drivers to start on wet weather tyres. These conditions made lap one extremely unpredictable. Both title protagonists handled the start well, with Massa maintaining first and Hamilton staying fourth.
After ten laps, changing conditions forced Massa and Hamilton onto slick tyres. The following period saw Massa generally leading, while Hamilton fluctuated from seventh to fourth. Then, with eight laps remaining, it rained.
Both championship contenders pitted for wet weather tyres. Massa rejoined in first but Hamilton dropped to sixth. Toyota's Timo Glock, who stayed on slick tyres, was fifth but loosing speed. Hamilton passed Glock at the final corner, of the final lap. This fifth place finish gave Hamilton 98 points, and the win gave Massa 97.
Elsewhere, Ferrari won the constructors crown with 172 points. McLaren is second with 151, and BMW Sauber third with 135. David Coulthard crashed into retirement on lap one, and Jenson Button finished thirteenth. However, today is about Hamilton.
The world champion has contested 35 races winning nine events. He reached the podium on 22 occasions, claimed 13 pole positions, and scored 207 points. Formula 1 returns in March 2009. Lewis Hamilton is clearly the man to beat.