BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The defining moment of the Formula One championship, which last Sunday handed the crown to Britain's Lewis Hamilton, was one of the most exciting races of all time, according to sports pundits.
Although the Brazilian, Felipe Massa, managed to take first place in the final race of the season – at the Interlagos circuit in Brazil - this was not enough to snatch the title away from the Briton.
To win, Massa needed Hamilton to finish lower than fifth place, which almost happened. Just three laps from the chequered flag, Lewis Hamilton lost fifth place to Sebastián Vettel from Germany and his hopes of winning the championship seemed to slip away.
Last year, Hamilton missed the championship by just one point, losing to the Finn, Kimi Raikkonen. This time around he was determined not to let history repeat itself. His determination and character were, according to the press, what led him to become the youngest Formula One champion ever.
Lewis mentioned his disabled brother, Nicholas, as an inspiration; “When things aren't going so well he cheers me up and breathes life into the situation. His positive outlook on life helps me smile again”.
On the last corner, when everything seemed to be decided, Lewis Hamilton managed to overtake Timo Glock – who, despite the rain, had not changed tires – and won the championship he was yearning for.
Felipe Massa had to admit “That's how this sport is. I congratulate Lewis, the one with the most points always deserves the title”, but at the same time he said that he was “very proud of the whole team and for the support they have given me throughout this fantastic season”. His team, Ferrari, repeated their success of 2007 and took the Constructor's Championship.