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Moment of the Year: Brazilian GP

The breathtaking Brazilian Grand Prix has been named as the Moment of the Year at the Autosport Awards in London

Moment of the Year: Brazilian GP

Changing weather, overtaking aplenty, plus the nail-biting Lewis Hamilton versus Felipe Massa fight for the world title - all the way to the chequered flag - made the Interlagos race a true classic.

Commentary legend Murray Walker presented the award, which was voted for by the writers of Autosport, to ITV's James Allen and Martin Brundle, who relayed the race to the British public.

Allen said: "It was one of those moments that, as a commentator, you hope for, like the 1966 World Cup Final, and when they come, you just have to get them right."

Walker joined in the praise of the event, saying: "It was absolutely faaaaan-tastic. I was on a cruise ship in the mid Atlantic watching the race on the computer. I wouldn't have missed it for anything."

With Hamilton starting the weekend seven points clear of title rival Massa, it could easily have been an uneventful anti-climax, but instead Sao Paulo's notoriously changeable weather turned the race into an unforgettable epic and meant that the title result was only decided in the final yards of the last lap.

The brief downpour that struck just minutes before the scheduled start set the tone for the afternoon, causing a delayed start as the teams scrambled to switch to intermediate tyres and leaving Hamilton to recover lost ground while Massa built up a lead at the front.

With Massa heading off to a tremendous victory, another late downpour sent Hamilton and others in for intermediate tyres, and a brave passing move by Sebastian Vettel on the penultimate lap made it look like Hamilton's title dreams would not become a reality.

As Massa crossed the line, he punched the air in joy while his Ferrari team and family erupted in celebration.

But Hamilton still had half a lap to run, and as the rain came down harder, Hamilton was able to close in on the floundering Toyota of Timo Glock - who had stayed out on dry tyres and found himself catapulted up the order - and pass him at the final corner of the season to secure the fifth place he needed to be crowned world champion at the end of a race that he described as: "the most exciting of my life, for sure."

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