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Spoiler Alert: F1 Update: Formula One World Champion!

SPOILER ALERT: For anyone who hasn’t seen the final race of this Year’s F1 Championship at the Brazil Grand Prix, do not read below.

With the exception of last season’s 3rd place to 1st win by Finn Kimi Raikkonen It’s been a long time since we’ve had such an exciting season, let alone an exciting final race. With Felipe Massa coming into the final race a half dozen points behind, Lewis Hamilton would have had to finish lower than 5th place for Massa to win. As most who watch Brazil know, it’s a grand prix known for it’s unpredictable weather and frequent rain. This race was no different. With a 10 minute delay in the race start due to a downpour, the race started out rather unspectacularly. A first corner incident left David Coulthard, in his final grand prix, for the worse with a broken car and a bruised ego. It’s a shame DC would leave the sport on such a trivial accident.

After that, the rest of the race was a definite challenge for Hamilton to say in the top 5 to keep his championship alive. Between two strong Ferraris, Fernando Alonso’s late season charge, Toyota’s Jarno Trulli surprisingly quick drive, 19 year old Sebastian Vettle’s absolute tear, it took the entire length of the race plus a minute to determine if Hamilton would hold on to The Championship. Going into the last lap, Hamilton sat outside the top 5 with a late race pass by Sebastian Vettle. However, after Massa had finished and won the race, Hamilton chased down 5th place Timo Glock (after SV passed him) to put him in 5th with all but 3 turns left in the race. So there it is. Lewis Hamilton wins the F1 Driver’s World Championship by one point. It was a hard fought battle that will surely come alive again next season with drivers like Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettle and Robert Kubica being thrown into the mix with an already tight top 3 (Massa, Raikkonen and Hamilton).

Congratulations to Lewis and the whole McLaren team! Though they have often been the center of drama and various ex-drivers have recently revealed questionable practices regarding internal favoritism, they performed well on track and Lewis Hamilton has greatly matured since last season.

Here’s how the race results ended up:

  1. Filepe Massa (Ferrari)
  2. Fernando Alonso (Renault)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
  4. Sebastian Vettel (STR-Ferrari)
  5. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)
  6. Timo Glock (Toyota)
  7. Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren-Mercedes)
  8. Jarno Trulli (Toyota)
  9. Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)
  10. Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber)
  11. Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber)
  12. Nico Rosberg (Williams Toyota)
  13. Jenson Button (Honda)
  14. Sebastian Bourdais (STR-Ferrari)
  15. Rubens Barrichello (Honda)
  16. Adrian Sutil (Force India-Ferrari)
  17. Kazuki Nakajima (Williams-Toyota)
  18. Giancarlo Fisichella (Force India-Ferrari)
  19. Nelsinho Piquet (Renault)
  20. David Coulthard (Red Bull-Renault)
  • prakash

    excellant & i loves race much more.