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The Felipe Massa camp in the Ferrari garage, having watched the Brazilian driver race to a dominant victory from pole position, initially celebrated winning the world championship against the odds. However, the scenes of delight turned into despair following Hamilton’s performance on the final lap.
Massa, having also initially believed he had won the title, was in tears when he pulled into the garage, but ultimately congratulated Hamilton, declaring he knows "how to win, and how to lose, but for sure I am very emotional". Massa finished the season just one point shy of the title.
Hamilton, aged just 23, now becomes the youngest driver in history to be titled F1 world champion.
“It is the dream, this is the dream. This is the dream for other kids and other families. Thank you,” Hamilton ecstatically shouted after the race.
He also congratulated Massa on doing an amazing job and for challenging him throughout the year.
Third spot was a tie between fellow Ferrari driver and last year’s champion Kimi Räikkönen and BMW’s Robert Kubica. Meanwhile, Ferrari took home the constructors’ championship, with Mercedes McLaren in second and BMW in third.