In only his second year in the sport, McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton became today the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Champion at the season finale in Brazil.In one of the most dramatic finishes to a World Championship ever, Hamilton took the title by a single point after securing fifth position on the final corner of the final lap of the final race of the 2008 season.
Hamilton finished the year with 98 points, one point ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa who won his home race at Interlagos this afternoon.
Heikki Kovalainen finished seventh – a result that helped the McLaren Mercedes team to second in the constructors’ championship with 151 points. Ferrari amassed a title-winning total of 172 points
At the age of just 23 years, 10 months and 26 days, Lewis is the youngest champion in Formula 1 history. He takes McLaren’s 12th drivers’ world title, and the third for the McLaren Mercedes partnership, which won the drivers’ title in 1998 and 1999 with Mika Hakkinen. Read the rest of this entry »