Lewis Hamilton Youngest F1 Champion in History

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Longtime Oakley driver Lewis Hamilton became the youngest world champion in Formula One history after a thrilling, rain affected Brazilian Grand Prix. The 23-year-old Englishman’s title rival Felipe Massa won the race in his Ferrari but Hamilton grabbed the fifth place he needed at the last corner.

“The last two laps were the toughest two laps of my entire career because the stakes were just so high,” said Hamilton in Oakley Hijinx. “I was pushing and pushing to close the gap to Sebastian but it wasn’t easy because my car wasn’t feeling great. I had no rear tyres left, so I just couldn’t get close enough. Then, as I was in Turn 10, the team told me over the radio that Timo was just ahead and was struggling on dry tyres. Through Turn 11 I saw Sebastian pass him and, just as Timo was about to turn in, I dived down the inside and made it through. It felt like ages to hear from the team – but they came on the radio line after I crossed the finish line to tell me I was world champion. I was exhausted but ecstatic.”

Now a household name and an inspiration to many across the UK and beyond, Lewis’s motorsport career started in 1993 when he was just 8 years old. By the age of 10 he had won his first British Karting championship. A further four British Karting championships followed in 1996 and 1997. At the age of 13, Lewis was talent spotted and subsequently signed to the McLaren and Mercedes-Benz Young Driver Support Programme, which provided Lewis with a long-term contract guaranteeing financial and technical support to help with his future motorsport career.

Hamilton has received a message of congratulations from the Queen following his Formula One World Championship triumph. Her Majesty wrote: “To Lewis Hamilton esquire, I’m delighted that you succeeded in winning the Formula One World Championship to become the youngest-ever champion. I send you my warmest congratulations on your remarkable and historic achievement.” – Elizabeth R

Author

Tess Weaver

Date

November 12, 2008