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Last Updated: Sunday November 02 2008 19:11 GMT

Lewis Hamilton is world champion

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has won the world championship on the final lap of the Formula One season, by just one point.

He moved into fifth place with just seconds remaining of the Brazilian Grand Prix, to pip rival Felipe Massa to the title.

Massa had to win to have a chance of winning the championship, and did so, piling the pressure on Hamilton.

When the final lap started Hamilton was in sixth place, but a late, late move saw him gain fifth and the world title.

Even when Massa crossed the line to win the race, Hamilton was too far down the field to take the world title, but that all changed on the final hill of the race.

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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton roared past the driver in fifth place, Timo Glock, to become the youngest world champion in the history of Formula One.

For most of the race Hamilton was driving comfortably and looked on course to cruise to the title, but a late rain shower meant he had to change onto tyres for wet weather.

Even so he was still in fifth place, until Sebastien Vettell pulled past him with a single lap left.

Nicole Scherzinger and Nick Hamilton
Lewis' girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls and his brother Nick celebrate

At that point Massa was the world champion, but another driver further up the field, Timo Glock, was on dry weather tyres and he was really struggling to stay on the track.

He had to drive so slowly that first Vettell and then Hamilton was able to get past him, snatching the world championship from Massa.

FINAL STANDINGS
Lewis Hamilton - 98 points
Felipe Massa - 97 points
Kimi Raikonnen - 75 points
Robert Kubica - 75 points

Final race for Coulthard

While it was a first world title race for Hamilton, Brazil was the final Grand Prix ever for another British driver, David Coulthard.

After 15 years in the sport Coulthard's 246th Grand Prix lasted just one lap, when he was forced off the track by another car.