Young Briton hangs on to take title
Lewis Hamilton became the youngest ever driver to win the F1 world championship this morning (NZ time).
The 23-year-old became the first Briton in 12 years to clinch the title after one of the most exciting finales ever.
Hamilton overtook another driver on the last corner of the race with just seconds to spare.
The McLaren driver went into the race with a seven point lead over his nearest rival, Ferrari Felipe Massa, and needed to finish in at least fifth place to take the title.
Running in sixth just one kilometre from the finish line, Hamilton passed Toyota's Timo Glock, who stayed out on dry tyres.
Alonso took second place in the race, with Raikkonen joining him on the podium to claim third place.
The remarkable achievement will make Hamilton the highest paid sportsman in the world.
The income Hamilton will be able to command from an improved salary package and commercial sponsorships will reportedly add up to more than £100million (NZ$275,302,916) per year, eclipsing Tiger Woods and David Beckham