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Brazilian Grand Prix 2007
Interlagos, 19-21 October, 2007

Lewis Hamilton is beseiged by the press at Interlagos

Race day arrives in Brazil and Lewis Hamilton is poised to become the first driver to win the world title in his first season

Lewis Hamilton with the Brazilian flag before the race

The McLaren driver, who is also in line to be the youngest driver to win the world title, starts from second on the grid

The pit lane before the start of the race

Team-mate Fernando Alonso is chasing a third consecutive title, but the Spaniard is two places further back on the grid

(l-r) Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton

Ferrari's Felipe Massa sits on pole, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who can also win the title, is third

Germany's Ralf Schumacher (white cap) is given a present by his Toyota team

Meanwhile, Germany's Ralf Schumacher is given a farewell present from his Toyota team ahead of his final race for them

Felipe Massa (bottom right) leads from Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen (front left) with Lewis Hamilton in third

A dramatic start sees Raikkonen overtake Hamilton going into the first corner, but Massa retains the lead

Lewis Hamilton (top left) is put under pressure by Fernando Alonso (top right) as the Ferrari's lead

However, all the action is happening behind where Alonso pressures Hamilton and has the better line for turn three

Lewis Hamilton (top left) goes off the track while trying to overtake Fernando Alonso (centre)

And the Spaniard goes through, but Hamilton unnecessarily tries to re-take at corner four, runs wide and drops to eighth

Spyker's Sakon Yamamoto spectacularly wipes out Renault's Heikki Kovalainen

On lap three Spyker's Sakon Yamamoto spectacularly wipes out Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella

Jarno Trulli (left) prepares to overtake Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton suffers further problems on lap eight when he struggles to find his gears and drops back to 18th place

Felipe Massa leads the Brazilian Grand Prix

Massa and Raikkonen go away at the front while Hamilton scythes his way through the field to take 10th on lap 33

Kimi Raikkonen at Interlagos

But the British driver's day takes another turn for the worse when Raikkonen takes the lead after a pitstop on lap 53

Lewis Hamilton racing at Interlagos

If Raikkonen wins the race, Hamilton must finish at least fifth to stop the Finnish driver from taking his first world title

Kimi Raikkonen celebrates winning in Brazil

And the Ferrari driver does take the chequered flag but he faces an anxious wait to find out if he has done enough

Fernando Alonso

Alonso can snatch the title if he finishes second, but the Spaniard comes home over a minute adrift in third

Lewis Hamilton (left) congratulates Kimi Raikkonen after the Finnish driver won the world title

And Hamilton can only finish seventh, meaning Raikkonen wins the title by one point from the British driver

Kimi Raikkonen celebrates winning the world title in Brazil

It is a sixth victory of the season for the 28-year-old who wastes no time in starting the celebrations

Kimi Raikkonen celebrates in Brazil

And it is a fitting climax to a remarkable season as only one point separates Raikkonen, Hamilton and Alonso at the end

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