Lewis Hamilton earns first Formula One title in 2008

Author : hoving1952
Publish Date : 2021-04-01


Lewis Hamilton earns first Formula One title in 2008

The young Briton made his debut in F1 with McLaren Mercedes in 2007 and finished second in the title race with four grand prix victories.

He began the following year in barnstorming fashion with victory at the opening Australian Grand Prix and clinched four of the first 10 races on the calendar.

His success stalled with six straight races without a win but he finally topped the podium again in China and clinched the world title -- by one point from Felipe Massa -- with a fifth place finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Not only was he the youngest driver to win the title at 23, he was the first black driver, and the first Briton to win a world championship since Damon Hill in 1996.

'It hasn't sunk in,' Hamilton told CNN's Don Riddell following the race. 'Even if I have a week to sit down and think about things...we're always looking forward.'

Hamilton is now a five-time world champion, two shy of Michael Schumacher's all-time record.

Watch Hamilton's 2008 interview with CNN World Sport at the top of the page.

Hamilton is now a five-time world champion, two shy of Michael Schumacher's all-time record. Not only was he the youngest driver to win the title at 23, he was the first black driver, and the first Briton to win a world championship since Damon Hill in 1996. Watch Hamilton's 2008 interview with CNN World Sport at the top of the page. Hamilton is now a five-time world champion, two shy of Michael Schumacher's all-time record. He began the following year in barnstorming fashion with victory at the opening Australian Grand Prix and clinched four of the first 10 races on the calendar. The young Briton made his debut in F1 with McLaren Mercedes in 2007 and finished second in the title race with four grand prix victories. 'It hasn't sunk in,' Hamilton told CNN's Don Riddell following the race. 'Even if I have a week to sit down and think about things...we're always looking forward.' 'It hasn't sunk in,' Hamilton told CNN's Don Riddell following the race. 'Even if I have a week to sit down and think about things...we're always looking forward.' Not only was he the youngest driver to win the title at 23, he was the first black driver, and the first Briton to win a world championship since Damon Hill in 1996. His success stalled with six straight races without a win but he finally topped the podium again in China and clinched the world title -- by one point from Felipe Massa -- with a fifth place finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix. He began the following year in barnstorming fashion with victory at the opening Australian Grand Prix and clinched four of the first 10 races on the calendar. He began the following year in barnstorming fashion with victory at the opening Australian Grand Prix and clinched four of the first 10 races on the calendar. He began the following year in barnstorming fashion with victory at the opening Australian Grand Prix and clinched four of the first 10 races on the calendar. He began the following year in barnstorming fashion with victory at the opening Australian Grand Prix and clinched four of the first 10 races on the calendar. 'It hasn't sunk in,' Hamilton told CNN's Don Riddell following the race. 'Even if I have a week to sit down and think about things...we're always looking forward.' Hamilton is now a five-time world champion, two shy of Michael Schumacher's all-time record. He began the following year in barnstorming fashion with victory at the opening Australian Grand Prix and clinched four of the first 10 races on the calendar. Not only was he the youngest driver to win the title at 23, he was the first black driver, and the first Briton to win a world championship since Damon Hill in 1996. Not only was he the youngest driver to win the title at 23, he was the first black driver, and the first Briton to win a world championship since Damon Hill in 1996. He began the following year in barnstorming fashion with victory at the opening Australian Grand Prix and clinched four of the first 10 races on the calendar. Not only was he the youngest driver to win the title at 23, he was the first black driver, and the first Briton to win a world championship since Damon Hill in 1996. Watch Hamilton's 2008 interview with CNN World Sport at the top of the page. 'It hasn't sunk in,' Hamilton told CNN's Don Riddell following the race. 'Even if I have a week to sit down and think about things...we're always looking forward.' 'It hasn't sunk in,' Hamilton told CNN's Don Riddell following the race. 'Even if I have a week to sit down and think about things...we're always looking forward.' 'It hasn't sunk in,' Hamilton told CNN's Don Riddell following the race. 'Even if I have a week to sit down and think about things...we're always looking forward.' Not only was he the youngest driver to win the title at 23, he was the first black driver, and the first Briton to win a world championship since Damon Hill in 1996. The young Briton made his debut in F1 with McLaren Mercedes in 2007 and finished second in the title race with four grand prix victories. He began the following year in barnstorming fashion with victory at the opening Australian Grand Prix and clinched four of the first 10 races on the calendar. Watch Hamilton's 2008 interview with CNN World Sport at the top of the page. He began the following year in barnstorming fashion with victory at the opening Australian Grand Prix and clinched four of the first 10 races on the calendar.

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