Brazilian GP: Hamilton wants to give McLaren perfect farewell present
By Berthold Bouman
After his amazing win at the Circuit of the Americas, Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on winning his final race for the McLaren team. Hamilton recently signed a three-year deal with Mercedes, but he wants to say goodbye to his team in style, and there’s no better place to do that than at the Brazilian Interlagos circuit.
“As my final race behind the wheel of a McLaren, I vow to the whole team that I’ll give it my all on every single lap. My win in Austin last week was one of the races of my life, and I’d love to take victory in Brazil this weekend to give the team the perfect farewell present,” Hamilton said.
The 2009 World Champion has never won the Brazilian Grand Prix and said, “Brazil has been the scene of some epic races for me during my time at McLaren and, for many reasons, this weekend will be a very big race for me. I nearly won the title here in 2007, clinched it on the final turn in 2008 and drove like crazy to finish on the podium in 2009. But I’ve never won: and that’s what I’ll be aiming to do this time around.”
Jenson Button also has fond memories of the Brazilian track, “I’ve had some great experiences racing in Brazil — I won the World Championship here in 2009, of course, but I can also remember having strong races here, especially in 2006 when I finished on the podium.”
But the Briton is also aiming for a better qualifying result as he qualified in 12th place last weekend due to a throttle problem — but he nevertheless finished the race in fifth place. “I think we showed in Austin that we have an incredibly quick car, particularly in race-trim, and I’d love to have a clean weekend, a trouble-free qualifying and then have a good run at scoring some strong points on Sunday,” said Button.
When asked who is his favourite for this year’s title he said, “I’m not putting my money on anybody, but I hope we have a fantastic contest and may the best man win. Brazil will be the backdrop for the championship showdown — and it’s a great track upon which to end the season on a high.”
Hamilton said about the final showdown between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, “It’s a very finely poised battle, and neither Sebastian nor Fernando can afford to relax for a moment. They are both fantastic drivers, and both have driven superbly all season. Now, we’ll see who takes the final honours — I hope it’s an epic contest!”
McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh agreed with his drivers and commented, “The Formula One World Championship couldn’t ask for a more epic backdrop to the title decider than the sweeps and valleys of Interlagos. There’s little to choose between the performances of Sebastian and Fernando this season, and all I hope for is a fair and true contest on Sunday.”
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