Feeling of Hamilton's breakthrough victory still fresh

In case you thought Lewis Hamilton wouldn't know how to savor the F1 World Championship at the tender age of 23, rest assured the joy has yet to wear off, writes Dan Knutson.

Updated: November 6, 2008, 6:22 PM ET
By Dan Knutson | Special to ESPN.com

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Oh, what a feeling!

It's still sinking in for Lewis Hamilton that he is the new Formula One World Champion.

In December 1995, when he approached McLaren team owner Ron Dennis at a banquet and said that one day he wanted to drive for McLaren, F1 was but a dream for the 10-year-old Hamilton.

At the time he was a rising star in the go-kart racing ranks in England.

Dennis was impressed by Hamilton's demeanor and ...

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