Lewis Hamilton is Britain’s new hero

It will go down as one of the most dramatic finishes in Formula One history.

It took just two minutes of rain prior to the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix to spice up the start of the Formula 1 season finale, but it was the few minutes of rain during the final laps that turned this sports event into the best Grand Prix ever.

McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton becomes the youngest champion in the 58-year-old series, beating the 2005 mark of Spain’s Fernando Alonso by four months.

Just one kilometer from the conclusion of the race, and at the penultimate corner, the 23-year-old Briton claimed fifth place – and with it the title, pipping race winner Felipe Massa by a single point.

Ferrari‘s Massa won the race in front of his home crowd, but it wasn’t enough to erase the seven-point lead Hamilton held entering the season-ending race.

British viewers, including his Pussycat Doll girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, held their breath as Hamilton overtook another driver on the last bend of the race to rescue the world championship with seconds to spare.

“It was amazing… so close… I need to sit down… I just get my breath back,” he gasped.

Having conquered Formula One by the age of 23, and in only his second season, Hamilton could have more than a decade left at the top of his sport – plenty of time to surpass Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world championships.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the country was “thrilled” by the win, while Tory leader David Cameron said: “Lewis is officially a British sporting legend and role model.”

Well done Lewis.