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Hamilton takes it on last corner

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Lewis Hamilton is looking to the future and planning many more victories after becoming the youngest world champion in Formula One history.

Hamilton was set for disappointment again in Sao Paulo as he headed into the final lap of the 71-lap Brazilian Grand Prix with a storm moving towards Interlagos.

He was in sixth place after losing the fifth spot he required to Sebastien Vettel's Toro Rosso on lap 69 - leaving Felipe Massa poised for victory in his home nation.

At that stage Massa was 100 seconds away from taking the title on countback - six wins to Hamilton's five.

But Timo Glock, whose Toyota team opted to keep him out on dry tyres on a wet track, provided a glimmer of hope.

When Massa took the chequered flag he was a champion in waiting at that stage, on the brink of becoming Brazil's first since the late, legendary Ayrton Senna in 1991.

But the denouement arrived at the penultimate corner of the final lap of the last grand prix of the season as Hamilton passed Glock to move up to fifth, just 1,000 metres and 18 seconds from the line.

This guaranteed him the title by a point from Massa and the honour of being the youngest ever F1 champion.

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