4 Nov 2008

Fan wins big with Lewis Hamilton crowned world champion

10:35 am on 4 November 2008

A fan of Lewis Hamilton won 332 thousand dollars after betting 10 years ago that the Formula One driver would win the World Championship.

Ladbrokes said that total, along with a winning bet that paid out 106 thousand dollars a year ago for the unnamed fan, was the biggest single pay-out for a Formula One bet in the firm's history.

23-year-old Hamilton clinched the championship when he passed German driver Timo Glock to take fifth place on the final lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix, beating race winner Felipe Massa by a single point for the overall title.

According to Ladbrokes, the unidentified customer, who is from Peterborough, north of London, made three bets totalling a thousand dollars in May 1998.