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Britain's Hamilton becomes youngest F1 series champ, by a hair

Updated: November 4, 2008, 1:39 PM ET
Reuters

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- McLaren's Lewis Hamilton roared into the record books as Formula One's youngest champion on Sunday when he snatched the title in last-lap drama at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old, needing only a fifth-place finish in the season-ending race to become Britain's first champion since Damon Hill in 1996, was seconds from failure for the second year in a row as Ferrari rival Felipe Massa swept to victory.

Hamilton entered the last lap in sixth place after a ...

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