DALLAS, Nov 3, 2008 / FW/ — It’s another one for the history books. Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 driver and a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer won the FIA F1 Drivers’ World Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix yesterday, to become Formula One’s youngest world champion ever.
The 23-year-old driver’s final tally of 98 points was enough to claim the F1 title so narrowly missed in his rookie season last year, when he placed second by one point to fellow TAG Heuer Ambassador and Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen.
A Brand Ambassador since 2003, Lewis Hamilton joins the prestigious ranks of TAG Heuer F1 Champions — great racing legends like Juan-Manuel Fangio, Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Mario Andretti, Nikki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Mika Häkkinen and Kimi Räikkönen. He is McLaren’s seventh world champion after Fittipaldi, Hunt, Lauda, Prost, Senna and Hakkinen.
“I can’t begin to express what this means to me and the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team,” said Lewis Hamilton after the race.
“Nor how proud I am of everyone, and how honored to be a part of this incredible achievement. I’d like to thank everyone who has believed in me over the years: my family, Ron Dennis and Norbert Haug and everyone involved with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, who have guided my career from the beginning, especially TAG Heuer, who has supported me since 2003, even before I won the Formula 3 Championship,” Hamilton added.
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