Hamilton 1 – Massa 0

He’s finally gone and done it – Lewis Hamilton has secured his first Formula 1 World Championship title.

In a nail-biting finish he managed to secure fifth position at the Brazilian grand prix, giving him the one point he needed to beat Felipe Massa to the title, despite the Ferrari driver winning the race. It hasn’t been an easy season for either drivers, with mistakes and penalties ruining both drivers’ chances of building a significant chamiponship lead, and in the end it came down to the last corner of the last race.

At just 23 years of age, Lewis Hamilton is now the youngest F1 champion, and this success will surely give him the confidence to secure more titles.

I’m sure the McLaren-haters will be claiming that Glock ‘let him win’, which is both stupid and an insult to Toyota and Glock, but this time there is no chance of an appeal to the marshalls. That’s it, job done, Hamilton wins.

Not that I’m a die-hard Hamilton or McLaren fan, but it is good to see a British champion. It’s been too long since Damon Hill won the title in 1996, and British drivers have struggled to secure top place finishes for some time. Hopefully the Lewis Hamilton effect will act as an inspiration for British kids and we’ll start to see a few more homegrown champions in future championships.

Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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