Hamilton: I vow that I’ll give it my all on every single lap at Interlagos
22 November, 2012
Nov.22 (GP247) The Brazilian Grand Prix weekend is sure to be an emotional weekend in the McLaren camp as Lewis Hamilton’s tenure with the team that nurtured him from karting to the 2008 Formula One World Drivers’ Championship title, comes to an end in Sao Paulo, before the Briton moves on to the next chapter of his career with the Mercedes team.
Hamilton recalled, “Brazil has been the scene of some epic races for me during my time at Vodafone McLaren Merecedes 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. As [this will be my] 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,” he promised.
Hamilton and McLaren will look back on a year which could have been very different had reliability not plagued the team in the final stages of the season, before Singapore they were well positioned in the standings. But on a balmy night in Singapore, Hamilton retired while leading comfortably, and allowed Sebastian Vettel to go on to win the race. In retrospect that was the turning point of the title battle.
Nevertheless Hamilton bounced back to win the United States Grand Prix, by out racing Vettel, and said, “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.”
The weekend in Sao Paulo is all about the title battle between Vetel and Fernando Alonso, something which the 2008 world champion acknowledges, “Finally, a word on the championship; 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 boss Martin Whitmarsh;”This weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix will be Lewis’ final race for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – the end of a long, and successful, chapter in the team’s history.”
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