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GP Week : Issue 35
Champion Hamilton lost f LEWIS Hamilton has admitted that winning the Formula 1 World Championship, and becoming the youngest driver in history to do so, has left him staggered and lost for words. Following a season of highs and lows, the 23-year- old became the 30th World Champion in the history of Formula 1 after taking the fifth position he required to seal the title, at the very last corner of the race, in so doing winning the championship by the solitary point by which he was defeated in 2007. “It’s pretty much impossible to put into words, I am still speechless,”he told journalists in the Interlagos paddock. “It has been such a long journey and with a lot of support from people back at home. My team did a fantastic job all year and all the sacrifices we made, I’m so thrilled to be able to do this for everyone. “I am struggling to say anything. I am just thankful and I am proud of the team around me that’s given me the opportunity and I am just so thankful that I can return the favour. It was such a tough race, the toughest race of my life.” “I don’t think there’s been a more exciting world championship as regards the outcome,”said McLaren CEO Ron Dennis. “It was great. I’m sure lots of people will have lots of opinions, but as far as I’m concerned we came here determined to win the world championship and we did. “If you look at the statistics he’s won more points in the last two seasons than any other driver, he’s won more races than another driver, he’s had more podiums than any other driver, he’s the youngest world champion ever… he just keeps delivering and at the end of the day he’s two years into his career and has a long way to go.” Britain’s last world champion Damon Hill who took the crown in 1996, reflected on Hamilton’s