Lewis Hamilton sits atop the world, victorious of one of the most incredible honors in all of racing, Formula 1 World Champion.

Lewis Hamilton has been an amazing force in Formula 1 since he started his rookie season in 2007. He started out next to Fernando Alonso last season, who at that time was the youngest driver to ever win the Drivers’ Title at 24 years old. Now the record has changed hands.

Lewis Hamilton became the youngest driver ever to win the Drivers’ Title at 23 years young. He is also the first black driver in F1, meaning he is also the first black F1 driver to win a title. His father is black with his mother being white.

The last race of the season in Brazil became the deciding factor. In qualifying Felipe Massa took the pole followed by Jarno Trulli from Toyota, Kimi Raikkönen of Ferrari and then Lewis Hamilton in fourth. Lewis was leading Massa by 7 points, and it was guaranteed that Felipe was going to be the biggest rival to Hamilton. If Felipe Massa had won he would have been the first Brazilian in Formula 1 since Ayrton Senna to be a World Champion.

It was a pretty wet and wild race with Felipe racing a well thought out battle with no one to challenge him. Lewis Hamilton was sure to finish in fourth until he was passed by Timo Glock of Toyota and Sebastian Vettel of Toro Rosso. Unfortunately for Glock his dry tires were not holding up once the rain started to fall heavily again, and in the final corner, on the final lap, of the final race, Lewis Hamilton passed him for the fifth spot and the Drivers’ Title. He won this years’ title by only one point…

In the end Lewis didn’t win the race, but he won the war. All this in only his second season. At the end of the race, Lewis took on lots of congrats from the world, especially is Pussycat Doll sweetheart, Nicole Scherzinger (pictured with boyfriend Lewis Hamilton). She also happens to be 30 years old. Go get em’ tiger.

A big congratulations has to go out to BMW-Sauber and their fantastic drivers, Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica. BMW put up some of the fiercest competition to Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes this season. Even Toyota and Scuderia Toro Rosso did a great job with Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock proving to be two of F1’s greatest prospects for the future. I’m determined to believe that they will give Lewis, Kimi, Felipe, Robert, Fernando and Nick a good run for their money. This will make 2009 one of the best seasons in Formula 1, I think. 2008 was a damn fine season. It’s hands down the best season in F1 I’ve ever watched!

A special goodbye goes out to F1 great, David Coulthard, as he retired this season. He spent 14 seasons in F1.

Here are the final results of the 2008 Brazilian GP:

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired- Grid- Pts
1 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 71 1:34:11.435 1 10
2 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 71 +13.2 secs 6 8
3 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 71 +16.2 secs 3 6
4 15 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari 71 +38.0 secs 7 5
5 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 71 +38.9 secs 4 4
6 12 Timo Glock Toyota 71 +44.3 secs 10 3
7 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 71 +55.0 secs 5 2
8 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 71 +68.4 secs 2 1
9 10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 71 +79.6 secs 12
10 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 70 +1 Lap 8
11 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 70 +1 Lap 13
12 7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 70 +1 Lap 18
13 16 Jenson Button Honda 70 +1 Lap 17
14 14 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 9
15 17 Rubens Barrichello Honda 70 +1 Lap 15
16 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 69 +2 Laps 20
17 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 69 +2 Laps 16
18 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 69 +2 Laps 19
Ret 6 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 0 Accident 11
Ret 9 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 0 Accident 14

Here are the final driver standings for the 2008 season:

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 98
2 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 97
3 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Ferrari 75
4 Robert Kubica Polish BMW Sauber 75
5 Fernando Alonso Spanish Renault 61
6 Nick Heidfeld German BMW Sauber 60
7 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish McLaren-Mercedes 53
8 Sebastian Vettel German STR-Ferrari 35
9 Jarno Trulli Italian Toyota 31
10 Timo Glock German Toyota 25
11 Mark Webber Australian Red Bull-Renault 21
12 Nelsinho Piquet Brazilian Renault 19
13 Nico Rosberg German Williams-Toyota 17
14 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Honda 11
15 Kazuki Nakajima Japanese Williams-Toyota 9
16 David Coulthard British Red Bull-Renault 8
17 Sebastien Bourdais French STR-Ferrari 4
18 Jenson Button British Honda 3
19 Giancarlo Fisichella Italian Force India-Ferrari 0
20 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Ferrari 0
21 Takuma Sato Japanese Super Aguri-Honda 0
22 Anthony Davidson British Super Aguri-Honda 0

Here are the final team standings for the 2008 season:

Pos Team Points
1 Ferrari 172
2 McLaren-Mercedes 151
3 BMW Sauber 135
4 Renault 80
5 Toyota 56
6 STR-Ferrari 39
7 Red Bull-Renault 29
8 Williams-Toyota 26
9 Honda 14
10 Force India-Ferrari 0
11 Super Aguri-Honda 0

-Josh

“Happy Motoring!”

[Photos taken from: DailyMail.co.uk and F1Fanatic.co.uk]

Tags: