Q and A with 2008 Formula One World Champion 

Written by David on November 03rd, 2008 at 8:38 pmLast Update: November 03rd, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Lewis HamiltonAfter a nail-biting race at the Interlagos circuit on Sunday, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has won his first ever F1 Drivers’ title and become the youngest World Champion in F1 history and the first British World Champion since Damon Hill in 1996. Here’s a short interview conducted by McLaren-Mercedes press office right at the end of the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Q. You made history, are you really aware what you have done?
Lewis Hamilton: “I don’t think it has hit home yet, I just had the most intense race of my life and my heart is still racing, I’m just so thankful for the opportunity the team gave me. Huge respect to McLaren and Mercedes-Benz for giving me a wonderful opportunity, for everyone involved with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and my family who came here and supported me and people back home as well, without them I wouldn’t be doing this. Felipe did an amazing job today, congratulations for his win and for challenging me all year but it’s great to be on top.”

Q: We almost couldn’t stand the last laps, what was it like from inside the car?
Lewis Hamilton: “My heart was about to explode, just like yours. I don’t know how I kept my cool and I was very fortunate especially on the last lap and you know, this has been my dream.”

Lewis Hamilton

Q: Talk us through the last few corners?

Lewis Hamilton: “I had a problem with my tyres, they were beginning to grain, there was nothing I could do, I was just trying to keep my car on the track. My heart was in my mouth and I was trying to get back in front of him. Fortunately, there was the opportunity to get back in front of Glock and I did what I had to do. We came, we saw and we did what we needed to do.”

Q: We could see pictures of Glock slowing down – did the team tell you that?

Lewis Hamilton: “They did, just before I got to him, they said you have to get past Glock. I was trying my hardest to get to Vettel but he was just as quick as me – if not quicker. It was the toughest races of my life – if not the toughest.”

Q: Your dad was so nervous in the pitlane, how was your heart level in the car?

Lewis Hamilton: “My heartbeat level was crazy, I think everyone else was the same, I don’t know what would have happened if I had lost that in the last lap, but that doesn’t matter now.”

Lewis Hamilton

Q: Describe the feeling when you crossed the line and knew you were World Champion?

Lewis Hamilton: “I didn’t know, I was shouting – ‘do I have it? do I have it?’ As I came into turn 1 they told me – I was ecstatic, just ecstatic.”

Q: You have managed to repay the faith that McLaren and Mercedes have shown you from such an early age?

Lewis Hamilton: “I am speechless, I am struggling to say anything. I’m just thankful and proud of the team and everyone around me. I am so thankful I could return the favour. It is the dream, this is the dream. This is the dream for other kids and other families. Thank you.”

Lewis Hamilton

Q: What is the Lewis way of celebrating your first World Championship?

Lewis Hamilton: “I’m going to celebrate with my family and my team. We will have a party tonight for sure.”

Q: Is it even more special to do it here in Brazil?
Lewis Hamilton: “On Senna’s home ground – it would always be special.”

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