Lewis Hamilton (23 years, nine months and 26 days) became the youngest champion in Formula 1 history after winning the 2008 Formula 1 World Champion. In a dramatic Brazilian Grand Prix with rain before the start and rain short before the finish, Lewis decided the title battle at the last corner of the 71-lap race, when he overtook Timo Glock (Toyota) to secure fifth place which was enough to win the title.
It is the third drivers’ title for the McLaren Mercedes partnership after Mika Häkkinen winning the championship in 1998 and 1999. Lewis won the title with 98 points ahead of Felipe Massa (97 points) who won his home race. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes finished the Constructors’ Championship runner-up on 151 points behind Ferrari on 172 points.
Full race details after the jump.
The start: Lewis had qualified fourth and Heikki was fifth on the grid. Because it rained heavily short before the start, race control delayed the begin of the formation lap by 10 minutes so that the teams could change tyres. At the start, Lewis maintained fourth place whilst Heikki dropped to seventh on the opening lap. Following an accident of David Coulthard (Red Bull Renault) and Nelson Piquet (Renault), the Safety Car was deployed.
The race, lap 5: Re-start. Lewis remained fourth behind Massa, Trulli and Räikkönen. Heikki attacked Alonso, but stayed in seventh place.
Lap 9: Vettel and Alonso came to the pits; Heikki moved up to fourth, but pitted the following lap (4.5sec) and dropped to 12th.
Lap 11: Lewis came in for fuel and dry tyres (7.5sec); he resumed in seventh place.
Lap 13: Lewis overtook Trulli and moved up to sixth place.
Lap 18: At the beginning of this lap, Lewis outbraked Giancarlo Fisichella (Force India Ferrari) and was fifth Heikki was 12th.
Lap 25: Heikki was ninth now, but got stuck behind Fisichella and Trulli.
Lap 27: Heikki overtook Trulli and then Fisichella and improved up to seventh.
Lap 28: Following Vettel’s pit stop Lewis moved up to fourth.
Lap 36: Glock pitted and Heikki was now sixth.
Lap 38: Another pit stop by Massa, Lewis moved up to third 14.8sec behind Alonso and Räikkönen.
Lap 40: Lewis came in for the second time (8.9sec) and rejoined the race in sixth position behind Heikki who pitted two laps later (8.8sec). The Finn resumed in eighth place.
Lap 51: Third pit stop by Vettel; Lewis was fourth and Heikki sixth.
Lap 65: More rain. Heikki came in for intermediates (7.0sec). Lewis pitted one lap later (6.1sec).
Lap 67: Lewis was now fifth and Heikki eighth.
Lap 69: Vettel overtook Lewis who dropped to sixth.
Finish (71 laps): Lewis passed Glock at the final corner and moved up to fifth which was enough to secure the title. Heikki came home seventh.