YOUNGEST EVER CHAMPION
Lewis Hamilton becomes the youngest world champion in Formula 1™ history – at the time – snatching the points he needs in the most dramatic circumstances possible and on the last corner of the race.
Title rivals Hamilton and Felipe Massa go into the race separated by seven points, meaning that fifth place will secure the title for the British driver. Massa begins on pole and leads the race, with Hamilton running fourth with a few laps to go.
But as rain begins to fall, Hamilton pits for intermediates, falling from fourth to sixth behind Toyota’s Timo Glock who remains on dry tires. Massa crosses the finish line to win the race and potentially the world championship, only for Hamilton to pass Glock, who is struggling for grip.
The premature celebrations in the Ferrari garage turn to disappointment as Hamilton finishes fifth, clinching the championship by just a single point.