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Lewis Hamilton has clinched the 2008 Formula One World Championship after finishing fifth in an incredible climax to the Brazilian Grand Prix.

 

Title rival Felipe Massa won the race and appeared to be heading for the title as Hamilton, who needed to finish fifth, dropped to sixth behind Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel following a rain shower in the closing stages of the race.

 

After Massa had taken the chequered flag, Hamilton was still sixth and the Ferrari garage appeared to be celebrating an against-the-odds success for the Brazilian.

 

However, in the final few hundred yards of the final lap, Toyota's Timo Glock, who had been running fourth on dry-weather tyres, lost grip and dropped to sixth, allowing Hamilton through to take the place he needed.

 

He therefore becomes the first Briton to take the title since Damon Hill won the Drivers' Championship in 1996.

 

And, at the age of 23 years, nine months and 26 days, Hamilton also becomes the youngest driver in history to become World Champion, beating the previous record of 24 years and 59 days set by Fernando Alonso in 2005.

 

Fernando Alonso finished second for Renault, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen taking the final podium position.

 

Despite Massa's heartbreak, Ferrari's one-three in the race means that they have secured the 2008 Constructors' Championship.

 

Vettel finished fourth ahead of Hamilton and Glock, with the latter's respective team-mates, Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, claiming the final points-paying positions.

 

Best part was watching his girlfriend jumping up and down.:D

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