On This Day: Hamilton Wins First F1 Title

On this day in 2008 Lewis Hamilton won the world title on the last lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Needing to finish fifth, he slipped to six two laps from the end when he was overtaken by Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa crossed the line to win and was told by Ferrari he had secured the championship and the celebrations started. Within seconds they were stopped in their tracks – Timo Glock, on dry-weather tyres, was unable to control his car in the wet was almost coasting, losing 18 seconds on the final lap, and with one corner left he was passed by Vettel and then Hamilton.