Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 F1 title and becomes youngest world champion

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hamilton broke Alonso\'s record to become F1\'s youngest world champion
Hamilton broke Alonso's record to become F1's youngest world champion

Lewis Hamilton has won the 2008 F1 world championship after finishing fifth in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton has become the youngest ever driver to win the F1 world championship. Aged 23 years and 301 days, he has beaten Fernando Alonso’s record of 24 years 59 days which was set in 2005.

Hamilton is the ninth different British driver to win the world championship and his is the 13th title win by a British driver:

Countries’ champions

1. Britain 13 (Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill (2), Jim Clark (2), John Surtees, Jackie Stewart (3), James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton)
2. Brazil 8 (Emerson Fittipaldi (2), Nelson Piquet (3), Ayrton Senna (3))
3. Germany 7 (Michael Schumacher)
4. Argentina 5 (Juan Manuel Fangio)
=5. Australia 4 (Jack Brabham (3), Alan Jones)
=5. Austria 4 (Jochen Rindt, Niki Lauda (3))
=5. France 4 (Alain Prost)
=5. Finland 4 (Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen (2), Kimi Raikkonen)
9. Italy 3 (Giuseppi Farina, Alberto Ascari (2))
=10. United States 2 (Phil Hill, Mario Andretti)
=10. Spain 2 (Fernando Alonso)
=12. New Zealand 1 (Denny Hulme)
=12. South Africa 1 (Jody Scheckter)
=12. Canada 1 (Jacques Villeneuve)

McLaren’s champions

Hamilton is the seventh different driver to win a world championship for McLaren, joining Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen. The seven won 12 drivers’ titles in total for McLaren.

But Hamilton is only the second British driver to win a title for McLaren – the first being Hunt.

Lewis Hamilton biography

57 comments on “Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 F1 title and becomes youngest world champion”

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  1. Superb stuff Lewis Hamilton! Just far too intense! Far too cruel on Felipe Massa. But Lewis deserved the championship for this seasons best performances, bar none, combining skill, courage and audacity often against the odds, and despite some surreal FIA decisions: in particular his driving at Monaco, Silverstone, Spa and Monza. Felipe was a superb contender and he’ll be strong next year, no doubt. Brazil should be proud.

    But Lewis Hamilton, Youngest Ever Formula 1 World Champion. Delicious to write.

  2. WOWEE! I wasnt able to watch the whole race, due to a meeting, but I watched the beginning, checked in from time to time on the live timing and then caught the last 5 or six laps, where all the excitement happened anyway. HOLY CRAP what a last couple laps. I was dying there, screaming at the tv for Hamilton to take it to Vettel and then it happened, Glock lost it and everything was right again. GREAT finish in terms of excitement, but I never want to have to go through that again.

    As for Amy…sorry you feel that Glock completely destroyed your weekend. He did the best he could and had he pitted for tires he wouldnt have been in that place anyway, so you really can’t blame him for trying! The title was certainly not thrown by Toyota on purpose. BTW – hate is such a strong word. I severely dislike Alonso, but I certainly dont HATE him. Every one of those drives has some sort of chip on their sholder, some just get more press time to show it off than others. I cant believe that Shumacher got away with as much as he did, in much the same form and so called ‘arrogance’ as Hamilton, but he is regarded as one of the best, if not THE best to ever drive a F1 car. But when it comes to a young upstart kid being trown inot the mix of a world championship, all of a sudden the world hates on him…Get over it people. hes a great driver and has a great car. But I digress….

    Phenomenal job by Massa today. He is a great guy from what I can tell an I, NOT being a Ferrari fan, felt really bad for him as you could see he was on the verge of tears after pulling his car home in P1. It just wasnt his day. He truly is a great competitor and he won the race with style, losing the WDC with that same style. Congrats to Ferrari for their constructors championship, congrats to Massa for the win today, but most of all congrats to Hamilton for keeping a level head and seeing it through to the end today to claim his first (hopefully of many) WD Championship titles. Well deserved, especially with the controversial stewards calls this year.

    Here’s to next year being just as exciting as it appears that Renault is going to be right up there with the red and silver cars in 2k9.

  3. FIA pwned by Timo Glock:

    This season the FIA’s actions has been getting on my nerve,
    I mean if you’re going to help a team, fine, that’s life, but at least try to make it less obvious and less damaging to the sport itself.
    There are people like me who watch F1 to watch skillful drivers compete, not to watch “authorities” bending rules.
    If the FIA want to micromanage, fine as well, they can write every single details clearly down into the rule book.
    Either you control things clearly or don’t control at all and let things settle themselves.

    What goes around comes around, you cheat for too long thinking nobody can get you and eventually a better cheater comes along.

    I consider what Glock did in the last lap was one of the best way to give a nice warm **** You’s to FIA and Ferrari

    The FIA has been hitting below the belt for way too long and it’s time for some justice.

    In the next 6 months, I look forward to hear the Ferrari hypocrites fan boys activate their mental block mechanism, exercise their selective memory and cry “Cheater”, forgetting how hard the FIA has been trying to give the WDC to Ferrari.

    Ferrari and most of its fans live on this fictional moral high horse, they are like spoilt little children who got used to having everything their way that’s why they can’t handle losing.

    Have fun attacking my points, I totally understand the Ferrari fan boy’s mentality
    I mean, if someone’s into F1 just to look for heroes, decided to be a Ferrari fan boy just to feel superior, what else are those little cry babies going to say when the team loses?
    Their brains are not wired to accept reality or to notice other team/people’s skills and they are not wired to appreciate the sport as a whole.
    So I’ll consider all their knee-jerk reactions normal and expected behavior.

    Glock is god, FIA/Ferrari beaten in their own little cheating game.

    The end.

  4. I just read ade’s comment and I wholeheartedly agree. Though I am happy for Lewis’ win today, ECSTATIC about it even, it was a bit lucky and really wasnt down to any great display of skill on his part. In no way was this a Silverstone or Shanghai drive. The only way it could have been more exciting today would have been to have him actually tracked down Vettel and taken his spot back….now THAT would have been a finish. The greatest skill that Hamilton showed today was that he does indeed have the ability to keep a level head and push until the ‘fat lady sings’….had he given up at any point in his fight with Vettel, he may not have had the final opportunity to pass Glock at all.

  5. amazing just the best sunday ever. cheers keith i am new to this internet thing but see you next year.

  6. Two things Hamilton acomplished today:
    1 – He is the first winner of junior series just below F1 to win WDC.
    2 – He is also the first WDC winner under the current point system who would have lose it under the older one.

  7. All hail Lewis.

    The footnote to this race, if we need any further proof, is that Sebastian Vettel is for real. And there is a seat in a silver car badly needing a guy who turns up on Sundays.

  8. brilliant finish and congrats to hamilton but i’ve got to feel for massa drove brilliantly. My heart nearly broke my ribs in the last lap.

  9. DMW, but does that silver car really want someone that might actually race on sunday?

  10. Congratulatios to Lewis. I can die now… What a magnificent spectacle it was!!! I’m a bit disapointed for Kubica, but that’s been racing at its best from all the drivers through all the season… The only question is what am I going to till the end of march. Bravissimo Hamilton again! Over and out…

  11. Don’t say that DMW, we’ve got a German shaped hole at Ferrari that Mr Vettel will hopefully be filling in a few years time :~)

    Absolutely gutted for Felipe & his family, to be so close only to have it taken away a few seconds later must be terrible.

    Congratulations to Lewis, he drove well most of the season & managed to overcome some very questionable decisions from the FIA to win his first Championship.

    I just hope next season is as good as this one has been.

  12. Congrats to Lewis, even though his race wasn’t exactly stunning.

    My heart hit its rev limiter a few times during the race, but it was all worth it in the end.

    It was also very good to see Ferrari and the FIA beaten, the winner this year really was Formula One.

    The Ferrari garage might want to check the final results classification before celebrating too much too.

    And goodbye Amy (#7), I’m glad Timo Glock has a very special place in your heart.

  13. David Watkins
    2nd November 2008, 21:43

    I think Hamilton and Vettel would be great. Seb would be on the pace and I think each would push the other to produce their best

  14. Thinking that Lewis is black belt, Kubica must be thankfull Glock was on wrong tyres, (thinking back to Senna`s reaction on being unlapped near the end of a race), Unlucky to the Ferrari B-Team, you nearly pulled it off ;-). Your never see a unhappier Ferrari One, Two, Three on the podium again. And nothing but Congratulations to Lewis, you showed it aint over till the fat lady sings.

  15. Congrats Hamilton! Dramatic ending, this is what F1 is about! A sweet WDC for Hamilton after having ten thousand penalties hurled at him, including that monstrous Spa decision.

    Terrific drive by Massa, I hand it to the guy maybe i was giving a bit too much slack. The real victor this year was hamilton and F1.

  16. WOW ! Was there ever such a close finish to a WDC? Where it literally came down to metres as to who would be champion?

    Congrats to Hamilton, it was an amazing victory and all the sweeter because FIA-ARRARI tried their best to prevent it from happening. I was a bit aprehensive logging on this morning, I was sure I’d see that the results had been fiddled yet again. Thank god that hasn’t happened (so far).

    I do feel sorry for Massa, he drove a great race, and to have had one hand on the trophy like that must have been gutwrenching.

    Gahhhh, I’ve just realised that there are nearly five months until the season starts again. I can’t wait that long !

  17. Must admit I did feel a tinge of sadness for Felipe and the Brazilian Crowd, shame we cant have our cake and eat it!

  18. Good point Pink Peril, what time does the scrutineering end?

  19. Hey Massa there is no crying in F1! Guess having the race stewarts and King Bernie on your side doesn’t mean you are a shoe in for the drivers championship. Best video moment of the season, the Massa family celebrating his “championship” until the ferari mechanics had to tell them Ham finished 5th I am still laughing!!!!!!!!! GO MCLAREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. oh my god i am just so happy today. unbelievable stuff. what happened today is pure magic. from now on i will believe that never count anyone out until the bell has rang.

    oh my god.

    congratulations to lewis,to massa well just chilll hahahahhahha yep…

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