Sunday, November 2, 2008

Lewis Hamilton takes Formula One championship

Well, guess who's the Formula One champion in just his second season? Not to mention the youngest Formula One champion ever? Oh, and the first black Formula One champion?

Our own super-speedy, uber-sexy islandisto, Grenadian-descended Lewis Hamilton!

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He clinched the title yesterday in a most dramatic fashion at the Brazilian Grand Prix.  Needing to place at least 5th to claim the title, he was behind for much of the race, in 6th position and on a wet track.

But Toyota's Timo Glock who was in fourth place, started to fall back as his team failed to call him in to change to wet tyres. Hamilton eased past him in the penultimate corner and managed to hold on to fifth place - and the title.

"I’m very emotional, I’ve cried,” Hamilton said. “My heart’s feeling so much strain right now. I think first and foremost of my family and then I thank God because he was with me all year as he always is.”

That family of course, includes his father Anthony Hamilton, born to Grenadian parents who moved to the UK in the 1950s. Lewis lived with his father since he was 12 years old and his dad has put everything into Lewis' career, even taking on as many as three jobs at a time to support Lewis when he was a young go-karter.

Despite the fact that he is actually a third-generation Grenadian, Lewis stays close to his island roots, visiting the island regularly to see his grandparents who moved back home, investing in land in the island and even dating Miss Grenada Universe.

From us here at Islandista, we say congrats Lewis! Keep making the region proud.

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