- Kimi Raikkonen, 2007 – won by 1 point versus Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso
The 2007 season was one of the most competitive in recent history, coming right down to the last day.
Leading up to D-day in Brazil, Raikkonen had bagged 11 podium finishes, while Hamilton had 12 and Alonso also 11. Hamilton was the favorite, as he was seven points ahead of Raikkonen. But during the race, gearbox issues dragged Hamilton back as he finished seventh, and Raikkonen managed to consolidate to win the race and the Cup, leaving both Alonso and Hamilton with bad memories.
- Lewis Hamilton, 2008 – won by 1 point versus Felipe Massa
2008 can be seen as the year the modern era of racing began, as it gave us great young racers in the form of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Heikki Kovalainen.
Nevertheless, this year proved to be the year of Hamilton. Entering the final race-day in Brazil, Hamilton had a seven point lead over Massa, which meant the former had to at least get 5th position to get his trophy. And get it he did, holding on to that 5th place all throughout the race, handing Massa a bittersweet victory. Lewis Hamilton denied Felipe Massa one of the sweetest championship wins in his career.
- Niki Lauda, 1984 – won by half a point versus Alain Prost
And to top the list, one of the most bizarre and one-off seasons in F1 history concluded when Niki Lauda was declared the Champion by just half a point!
The reason for this weird occurrence was due to bad weather conditions at the Monaco Grand Prix. The track was extremely wet, leading many racers to slip, skid and slide. Also, the huge variation between surface wetness between the tunnel sections and the outdoor section led to quite a few crashes, and the race was ultimately abandoned. Drivers still on the tarmac gained half points. Lauda had to retire in that race, and though Prost won the race, he only got half the points, which at the end made all the difference. This is why it was one of the closest championship wins.
Perhaps lady luck wanted to give a fitting farewell to Niki Lauda, as he retired from motor-sports after that season.