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PARENTS TO THE RESCUE.

Byline: By BYRON YOUNG

LEWIS HAMILTON is poised to become Formula One's youngest champion after his family flew halfway around the world on a Grand Prix rescue mission.

Buoyed by their presence, the 23-year-old roared to victory in China yesterday.

Criticised as never before in the lead up to this race by jealous rivals as arrogant, dangerous and even a perennial loser he asked his family to jet in for moral support.

Mum Carmen, step-mum Linda and brother Nic answered his call to make the 16-hour 5,000-mile trip, with father Anthony who attends every race.

"They flew out specially,"

said Hamilton. They weren't going to come here. They were planning to come out to Brazil.

"But I needed their support after everything that had gone on so I asked them to come.

"Without them for sure I wouldn't have done so well."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2008
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