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The road to the Formula One title

October 29, 2008 10:52 IST

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton [Images] can become the sport's youngest champion in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old Briton leads Ferrari's [Images] Brazilian Felipe Massa [Images], his sole title rival, by seven points ahead of the final race of the season.

The following details how the title duel has unfolded since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

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Australia [Images] - March 16

Hamilton won from pole, Massa started fourth, spun into a wall on the opening lap and then collided with David Coulthard just before the halfway point, retiring four laps later.

Hamilton 10, Massa 0

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Malaysia - March 23

Hamilton was fifth after a wheel nut jammed on his first pitstop while Massa spun off after starting on pole position. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen [Images] won.

Hamilton 14, Massa 0

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Bahrain - April 6

Massa scored his first points of the season while Poland's Robert Kubica [Images] took his first pole position for BMW-Sauber. Hamilton collided with Fernando Alonso [Images] and finished 13th. Raikkonen took the overall lead.

Hamilton 14, Massa 10

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Spain - April 27

Raikkonen won again to move nine points clear. Massa was second, Hamilton third.

Hamilton 20, Massa 18

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Turkey - May 11

Massa won from pole position, Hamilton was second.

Hamilton and Massa 28

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Monaco - May 25

Hamilton won to take the championship lead from Raikkonen. Massa was third from pole position.

Hamilton 38, Massa 34

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Canada [Images] - June 8

Kubica took his and BMW-Sauber's first win to lead the championship. Hamilton led from pole but crashed into the back of Raikkonen's stationary Ferrari in the pit lane. Massa finished fifth after a problem with the refuelling rig forced him to make an extra pitstop.

Hamilton and Massa 38

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France [Images] - June 22

Massa won to become first Brazilian to lead the championship since the late Ayrton Senna in 1993. Hamilton was 10th after following up a 10-place penalty on the starting grid with a drive-through.

Massa 48, Hamilton 38

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Great Britain - July 6

Hamilton started fourth and won by more than a minute. Massa spun five times in the wet and finished 13th.

Massa and Hamilton 48

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Germany [Images] - July 20

Hamilton won again, Massa was third.

Hamilton 58, Massa 54

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Hungary - August 3

Massa retired after an engine failure while leading three laps from the finish. Hamilton suffered a puncture but was fifth.

Hamilton 62, Massa 54

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Europe - August 24

Massa won from pole position, Hamilton was second.

Hamilton 70, Massa 64

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Belgium - September 7

Massa inherited the win after Hamilton was demoted from first to third for cutting a chicane. Raikkonen crashed on the penultimate lap.

Hamilton 76, Massa 74

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Italy [Images] - September 14

Massa was sixth and Hamilton seventh.

Hamilton 78, Massa 77

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Singapore - September 28

Hamilton finished third while Massa, who led until a nightmare pitstop saw him drive off with the fuel hose still attached, failed to score.

Hamilton 84, Massa 77

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Japan [Images] - October 12

Hamilton's turn to draw a blank after a reckless start earned a drive-through penalty. He and Massa also collided, for which the Brazilian was punished but finished seventh.

Hamilton 84, Massa 79

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China - October 19

Hamilton won from pole position and with the fastest lap as well. Massa was second after Raikkonen let him through.

Hamilton 94, Massa 87

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