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Brazilian Grand Prix
Interlagos, Brazil, 2 November 2008



Alonso chats with a model on arrival

One of the first drivers to arrive at Interlagos is former world champion Fernando Alonso who starts from sixth on the grid

Red Bull driver David Coulthard arrives

David Coulthard answers questions ahead of his final race as he brings down the curtain on a career that has spanned 15 seasons

Massa takes questions as he arrives

Starting from pole, home favourite Felipe Massa makes his way to Ferrari's garage knowing he could end the day as champion

Dennis in the pits

In the rival McLaren camp, team mananger Ron Dennis appears to be in good spirits as he prepares for the biggest race of the season

Massa and Hamilton shake hands

With the start getting ever nearer, Massa joins fellow title contender Lewis Hamilton for the formality of the pre-race photos

The race begins in Brazil

A heavy downpour minutes before the off delays proceedings until 1713 GMT when the action finally gets under way

Coulthard's career ends in cruel fashion

Sadly for Coulthard his race ends moments after it begins following a collision with Williams driver Kazuki Nakajima on Turn One

Hamilton chases Ferrari's Raikkonen

Needing to finish in the top five to secure the title, Lewis Hamilton (right) starts on wet tyres but switches to dry ones on lap 11

Massa extends his lead

Massa continues to impress at the front and sets another new fastest lap of 1:14.541 on lap 23

Massa fans support their man

Sensing a possible championship win for their man, the local fans in the Sao Paulo crowd do their best to urge him on

Hamilton stays on course for the title

However, having been promoted to fourth by Toro Rosso's three-stop strategy for Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton stays on course for the crown

Massa wraps-up victory for Ferrai

Massa crosses the line to notch a comfortable victory but more rain causes drama further down the field

Hamilton gets the fifth place he needed

Having changed his tyres, the rain does not come down hard enough dropping Hamilton to sixth but he edges past Timo Glock just in time

Lewis Hamilton embraces his ecstatic brother, Nicholas

Hamilton embraces his ecstatic brother, Nicholas, as he returns to the paddock as the new world champion

The top three take to the podium

Massa is joined on the podium by Renault's Alonso, who finishes second, and Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who comes third

Hamilton becomes world champion

The real celebrations are to be found elsewhere, though, as Hamilton comes to terms with the most dramatic of victories

Nicholas Hamilton, Lewis Hamilton, Anthony Hamilton, Linda Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger

Hamilton gets to savour the victory with his brother Nicholas, father Anthony, stepmother Linda, and girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger

Anthony Hamilton, Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton heads out of Interlagos, in the company of his girlfriend and his father, as the youngest ever F1 world champion





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